Charles Taylor denied transfer to Rwanda

Former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor

NOT GOING TO RWANDA: Former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor, will serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom after Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) President Justice Philip N. Waki denied his application to appeal.

The convicted former President of Liberia, had on 6 February, 2015 asked in his appeal to be transferred to Mpanga prison in Rwanda, for him to have easy access to his wife and other members of his family. His wife and children have not been able to visit Taylor in Durham-County’ Frankland prison as they have been denied visas, says his lawyer.

Mpanga prison, located in Nyanza district, Southern Province of Rwanda, is one of the international prisons where seven other international convicted criminals, from Sierra Leone, are currently serving their respective sentences.

In a statement issued Monday, Justice Waki upheld the Trial Chamber’s decision on Taylor’s motion for termination of enforcement of sentence in the United Kingdom and for transfer to the Rwandan prison.

“I have carefully examined the record compiled by the Honorable Judges who sat in the special ‘Trial Chamber’ which I set up on the Motion for Transfer, and I am satisfied that they dispassionately gathered and evaluated the information placed before them,” Justice Waki said in a press statement

“I have further considered the reasoning of the Judges on the material placed before them and I concur with, and adopt, the final decision made by the Trial Chamber.” This is the final decision on the two motions filed by Charles Taylor” he added.

Charles Ghankay Taylor was found guilty in April, 2012 of eleven counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

The Court found that he had planned, and aided and abetted, crimes committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

In May 2012 he was sentenced to 50 years in prison, with credit given for time served in detention since March 2006.

His conviction and sentence were upheld by the Appeals Chamber in September 2013, and he was transferred to Frankland Prison in the UK.