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27 April 2017 13:01 (South Africa)

Former Liberian president denies all at war crimes trial

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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Speaking at his war crimes tribunal in The Hague, former Liberian president Charles Taylor has denied all charges of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and the conscription of child soldiers during brutal decade-long civil wars that spilled over the border of Liberia and Sierra Leone. He also denied supplying arms to Sierra Leone rebels, blaming Britain and the US for supplying weapons to the region to depose him. He said after he fled to Nigeria, the country’s then-leader reneged on a promise to let him leave freely, leading to his arrest in 2006. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, accused by the International Criminal Court of war crimes in Darfur, must be watching the trial closely.

Read more: BBC, Reuters

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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