50 Years Sentence for a 65 years old man means Charles Taylor our Scapegoat will Die in Jail.
It is now time to learn what really went wrong that caused Sierra Leoneans to so very brutally slaughter & maim their fellow Sierra Leoneans!
Former Liberia warlord turned Liberia President, Charles Taylor was yesterday May 30th 2012 sentenced to 50 years jail term for aiding and abetting Sierra Leone RUF rebels. The interesting fact which many have not fully appreciated is that the Judges repeatedly rejected many of the Prosecution’s numerous allegations against Taylor.
The rejected allegations include ones claiming Taylor had command responsibility for actions of perpetrators who committed inhumane atrocities.
Whilst the judges promoted the superficially examined theory of the war being fuelled by lust for Sierra Leone diamonds by Taylor, the trial, like other trials of the Special Court, have not still been able to tell the world what fuelled terrible atrocities of a like not seen by mankind before. It is now up to Sierra Leoneans to find the answers; many are already recorded in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report.
In order to help compatriots, I will now resume the proposed series of Charles Taylor: Sierra Leone’s Scapegoat.
I have held on all this while waiting deliberately for Taylor to be sentenced and that chapter closed. Now Taylor is sentenced, I will commence re-examining the facts around what fuelled the viciousness and atrocities committed in our war rather than Blood Diamonds theories which the judges themselves, despite bundles of findings, have not been able to explain even to themselves. Why did Sierra Leoneans become to brutal to each other?
Charles Taylor has been sentenced and that chapter is virtually closed but there are deeper, as-yet-un-aired reasons for the sufferings we went through. So, let’s start the journey of examination to ensure we never go back along those paths.
Do not miss Part 2 of Charles Taylor: Sierra Leone’s Scapegoat out tomorrow.
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