Charles Taylor Begs To Serve Jail Term In Rwanda

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has formally applied to serve the rest of his jail term for war crimes in Rwanda, saying his imprisonment in Britain breaches his human rights, his lawyer said Thursday.

Taylor was jailed for 50 years in 2012 on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity over acts committed by Sierra Leonean rebels he aided and abetted during the brutal 1991-2001 civil war.

He was the first former head of state to be jailed by an international court since the Nazi trials at Nuremberg in Germany after World War II.

A motion lodged last week by Taylor's lawyers with the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, where he was convicted, argues he should be allowed to serve his sentence closer to his family.

"International human rights law requires that prisoners be detained under conditions that preserve, to the extent reasonably possible, contact with family members, particularly children," it says.

Taylor was flown to Britain from The Hague to serve his sentence following a confidential deal made in 2007 after his arrest.

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