THE HAGUE, Netherlands (June 21, 2006) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has arrived in The Hague to face 11 charges of war crimes regarding his role in the civil war in Sierra Leone, which borders Liberia.
Mr. Taylor is being held in the same detention center as the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. A spokesman for the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone said Mr. Taylor's trial is unlikely to begin before 2007 because of the need to review some 32,000 pages of evidence.
The combined, interlocked civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone killed an estimated 400,000 people and left another 2.5 million homeless. Between 1990 and 1997, Mr. Taylor's troops held the 240-square-mile Bridgestone/Firestone natural rubber plantation near Harbel, Liberia, shutting down its operations and turning its 6,000 workers into refugees.