Trial of Charles Taylor opens in The Hague

#1
Trial of Charles Taylor opens in The Hague
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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has boycotted the start of his war crimes trial at a United Nations-backed court in The Hague. Taylor said in a letter read out to the court by his lawyer that he did not believe he would receive a fair hearing. Taylor then dismissed his court-appointed lawyer, who in turn stormed out of the courtroom. Proceedings were to continue in Taylor's absence. Prosecutors say Taylor supported rebels in Sierra Leone, who maimed and killed thousands of civilians, as he tried to gain control of the country's diamond resources. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trial is being conducted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, but the proceedings are taking place in The Hague for security reasons.
Wasn't aware one could boycott ones own war crimes trial? 8O
 
#2
Well you can certainly not agree to show up or make such a commotion in court that they keep you back in your cell in which case you get tried in absentina. That or they just tie you to the chair and gag you like they did to one guy back in the 70s in Chicago IIRC. :)
 
#3
The prisoner should be hauled in the dock and made to sit and listen to his crimes.
john
For child soldiers alone he should swing.
 
#4
But funny enough,Taylor sacked his lawyer ,opting to represent himself and when that lawyer attempted to exit the court, having been made redundant, he was severely reprimanded by the President/Chief Judge of the court for doing so. Should be an interesting trial.
 
#6
there are a great many more of the 'great and [not so] good' who are as deserving of a chair in that particular edifice...

Perhaps a list could be compiled, starting now...

1. Bush 41, 43, et al
2. (reserved)
3. Ze Bildeberger Crowd (barring none)
4. All *ankers (only the important khazar variety)
5. Every politician (excluding George Galloway, Ron Paul)
6. Every lickspittle (civil service + military wo/men included)
7. Every crooked judge and/or person with professional / legal qualifications
8. Every bent copper / screw / traffic warden (bent or otherwise)
9. Every lying bastuard in the media, i.e., the lot of 'em
10. <Add yer own candidate here>
 
#7
kancha_bai said:
there are a great many more of the 'great and [not so] good' who are as deserving of a chair in that particular edifice...

Perhaps a list could be compiled, starting now...

1. Bush 41, 43, et al
2. (reserved)
3. Ze Bildeberger Crowd (barring none)
4. All *ankers (only the important khazar variety)
5. Every politician (excluding George Galloway, Ron Paul)
6. Every lickspittle (civil service + military wo/men included)
7. Every crooked judge and/or person with professional / legal qualifications
8. Every bent copper / screw / traffic warden (bent or otherwise)
9. Every lying bastuard in the media, i.e., the lot of 'em
10. Henry Kissinger, for saying when asked why he supported attacking Iraq said: "Because Afghanistan was not enough..."
 

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