Ex-Liberia president Charles Taylor to serve Sierra Leone war crimes sentence in Durham’s Frankland prison

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor
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AN African warlord is being held in a Durham prison.

Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been moved from the Hague, where he had been since the start of his trial in 2007, to HMP Frankland.

Frankland houses 800 of the most dangerous offenders in the prison system, including murderers, terrorists and paedophiles.

The 65-year-old former president lost his appeal in September over a catalogue of gruesome crimes committed by the Sierra Leonean rebels he aided and abetted during that country’s bloody civil war.

The conflict claimed 120,000 lives and featured mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves.

In 2006, the British government agreed to jail Taylor in the UK in the event that he was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) at his trial.

The verdict in 2012 ruled that he was guilty of all 11 counts of “aiding and abetting” war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Judges ruled that during his presidency from 1997 and 2003 and in exchange for “blood diamonds” mined by slave labour, Taylor provided the rebels with arms and ammunition.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said it would not confirm the locations or individual prisoners.