Court Upholds Conviction, 50-Year Sentence for Charles Taylor

A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal has upheld the conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone also upheld Taylor’s 50-year prison sentence and ruled that it be imposed immediately.

Taylor was found guilty last year of arming and otherwise aiding rebels in Sierra Leone during that country’s brutal civil war.

Taylor’s lawyers appealed, arguing that he knew nothing about the war crimes and did not help with …