Court Upholds Taylor Conviction, 50-Year Sentence

A U.N.-backed special court in The Hague has upheld the conviction and sentencing of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.  Taylor had appealed the court’s ruling that he is guilty of arming and aiding rebels in Sierra Leone during that country’s civil war, which killed 50,000 people.  The ruling means his 50-year prison sentence will stand. 

Sierra Leoneans listened to a live broadcast of the appeal verdict Thursday at offices of the court in the capital, …