Former Liberian President Charles Taylor at the UN-backed court. (Photo Courtesy Liberian Observer)
Freetown — Judgement in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will be delivered at 11:00 a.m. Hague time (9:00 a.m. GMT) on Thursday, 26 April 2012.
Thursday’s judgement will be delivered by Trial Chamber II, consisting of Justice Richard Lussick of Samoa (presiding), Justice Teresa Doherty of Northern Ireland, Justice Julia Sebutinde of Uganda, and Alternate Judge Justice El Hadji Malick Sow of Senegal.
Prior to the Taylor trial, Trial Chamber II sat on the trial of three former leaders of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC).
Charles Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Mr. Taylor is the first head of state to face judgement before an international tribunal.
Although the judgement will be delivered in The Hague, the proceedings will be streamed live to the Special Court compound in Freetown, where local and international journalists, diplomats, members of government and the judiciary, victims, civil society members, and members of the public are expected to watch the proceedings.
Throughout the country Outreach field officers will hold meetings with local communities at crimes scenes and the sites of mass graves, and will play the proceedings by radio.
The proceedings will be streamed by internet over one of two links, beginning at 9:00 a.m. GMT:
Please find information on the Special Court and the Taylor trial here.