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Special Court for Sierra Leone/Charles Taylor judgement

Published on April 27, 2012
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, April 26, 2012

Charles Taylor was today found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

This judgement has universal significance: for a former dictator to be found guilty of such crimes is a historic precedent, which France welcomes.

It is time for dictators the world over, and their accomplices, to understand that they cannot get away with committing such acts, which shock the conscience of mankind, and that they will have to answer for them. This is one of the great missions of international criminal courts.

This judgement must contribute to the process of reconciliation already under way and to reinforcing stability in Sierra Leone./.

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