An international appeals court in The Hague has confirmed the 50-year prison sentence for Charles Taylor, former leader of Liberia, and upheld his conviction for supporting attrocities in the Sierra Leone civil war.
The ex-wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been charged with torture. Agnes Reeves Taylor is accused of participating in the act during Liberia's civil war from 1989 to 1991.
A Dutch court has found a businessman guilty of arms smuggling and aiding war crimes in Liberia and neighboring countries. Guus Kouwenhoven was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
The value of the diamond has not yet been determined, but it could easily be worth tens of millions of dollars. So-called "blood diamonds" fueled a vicious civil war in Sierra Leone that left up to 120,000 dead.
The US has removed sanctions against the West African nation of Liberia, stressing the country's peaceful progress following years of civil war. The economic sanctions have been in place for more than a decade.
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