Source:American RadioWorks/ Minnesota Public Radio
Last summer, the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone indicted Charles Taylor, then president of Liberiann fir crimes allegedly committed during the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. It was only the second time a head of state had been indicted for international war crimes while in office. Prosecutors alleged Taylor was a central figure in a global criminal network that controlled rebels in Sierra Leone who committed murder, enslavement, rape and forced children into combat. American Radio Works journalists Deborah George and Michael Montgomery closely follow the work of investigators and prosecutors as they developed the cases against Taylor and other warlords. The Special Court was established last year in a treat between the UN and the Sierra Leone government and uses a mix of national and international law.