As Coventry University Professor; Agnes Reeves Taylor Detained For War Crimes, University Says It Is ‘Closely Liaising With Police’

Prof. Agnes Reeves Taylor, ex-wife of detained Liberian leader, Charles Ghankay Taylor

Agnes Reeves Taylor, 51, a Coventry University Professor was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s war crimes unit on Thursday last week over alleged crimes committed during the Liberian civil war between 1989 and 1991.

A statement from the university says they are “liaising closely with the Metropolitan Police”.

Reeves Taylor, of Kitchener Road, Dagenham, east London, was charged on Friday with four torture offences, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Wearing a grey top under a black blazer, she stood in the dock and confirmed her name, age and address at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.

She denies any and all involvement, the court heard, and shook her head repeatedly as Prosecutor Karen Jones read out a summary of the case and detailed the charges against her.

Reeves Taylor will formally enter a plea at the Old Bailey later this month, District Judge Michael Snow said.

The charges against Reeves Taylor, a lecturer at Coventry University’s London campus, all stem from a period between December 23 1989 and January 1 1991.

She is accused of agreeing “with others unknown that a course of conduct would be pursued which, if the agreement was carried out in accordance with those intentions would necessarily amount to or involve the commission of the offence of torture”, resulting in the alleged rape of seven women.

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The other three charges allege that “as a public official or person acting in an official capacity together with others unknown at Gbarnga, Liberia, intentionally inflicted severe pain or suffering on an individual in the performance or purported performance of her official duties”.

Reeves Taylor was remanded in custody and will appear for a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on June 30.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.