The bid made by Liberian ex-president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor to be moved from a British jail, where he claimed he risks dying from coronavirus has been rejected by Judges.
Charles Taylor is currently serving a 50-year sentence at the Frankland prison near Durham in northeastern England after his conviction in 2012 by a court in The Hague of fuelling civil conflict in Sierra Leone.
The warlord had argued that due to a “massive outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK” his life was at risk from the continued detention in Britain and that he wanted to be moved to a “safe third country”.
This request has however met the disapproval of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone as it said in a statement that
“Taylor had failed to comply with court directions that he specify which countries he considered safe.”
The court said that the judge dealing with Taylor’s application,Teresa Doherty,
“noted that the World Health Organization has not declared any place in the world safe from COVID-19”.
Taylor’s claims that his prison was overcrowded and offered bad conditions were also “at variance with facts”, the judge found.
Taylor had lost a previous bid to be allowed to serve the remainder of his term in an African jail in 2015.
He was convicted in 2012 on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity over acts committed by Sierra Leone rebels he aided and abetted during the war.