Arusha, October 18, 2013 (FH) – Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was this week transferred to the United Kingdom where he will serve his jail sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Meanwhile lawyers for the man who was Muammar Gaddafi’s spy chief say he risks the death penalty if he is tried in Libya.

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SCSLCharles Taylor sent to the UKThe Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Tuesday transferred former Liberian president Charles Taylor to the United Kingdom to serve his 50-year prison sentence. Taylor, who was tried in the Netherlands, was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for aiding and abetting rebels during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The order to transfer Taylor to the UK was signed by SCSL president George Gelaga King on October 4, but only unsealed on October 10. Charles Taylor had written to the Court saying he wanted to serve his sentence in Rwanda, where a number of other SCSL convicts are imprisoned. 

RWANDAKagame accuses ICC of selective justiceRwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday renewed his attacks on the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing it of being manipulated by Western powers. "This world is divided into categories, there are people who have the power to use international justice or international law to judge others and it does not apply to them," he told a press conference in Kigali. “You can't have an international system that is supposed to dispense justice and it ends up doing it selectively or politically.” Last month at the UN General Assembly in New York, Kagame said the ICC had served only to “humiliate Africans and their leaders”.

ICCAl-Senoussi risks death penalty if tried in Libya, say lawyersLawyers for former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senoussi are appealing the ICC’s decision to let Libya take his case, saying he would face the death penalty in his country. A pretrial chamber of the ICC decided last Friday to grant Tripoli’s request to try him. Al-Senoussi is suspected of crimes against humanity committed in his country during the uprising against the regime of late former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.