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Liberia's Charles Taylor bid to move prison rejected

A special court in Sierra Leone has rejected a bid by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor to be moved from a British prison citing coronavirus risk, AFP news agency reports.

Taylor had said the coronavirus pandemic in the UK was a big threat to his life and wanted to be moved to a “safe third country”, the agency reports.

The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone said he had not specified which countries he considered safe.

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The court added that the World Health Organization had not declared any country safe from Covid-19.

Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison by a UN-backed war crimes court at The Hague.

He was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war.

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