Canadian Testifies Against Taylor

Published: Wednesday, 01/09/2008 12:00 am EST

Ottawa-based blood diamond expert Ian Smilie appeared before the international war crimes trial against former Liberian president Charles Taylor as the first of 144 prosecution witnesses, reported the Associated Press on Monday. Mr. Smilie, who once lived in the mining district of eastern Sierra Leone, told the three-judge panel in The Hague how diamonds fuelled Liberia's 10-year civil war. The trial against Mr. Taylor re-opened Monday after a six-month break. Mr. Taylor faces 11 charges including murder, rape, enslavement and conscripting child soldiers.

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