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Charles Taylor appears in court.

BBC: Liberia's former President Charles Taylor has appeared at his war crimes trial in The Hague for the first time. Wearing a blue suit and a yellow tie, Mr Taylor, 59, turned up after the judge had explained why his trial would again be delayed – until 20 August.

The delay is to appoint a defence team after Mr Taylor sacked his lawyer. He has boycotted previous hearings.

He denies charges of backing rebels in Sierra Leone in an 11-year campaign that killed thousand of civilians.

This is the first war crimes trial against a former African head of state.

Mr Taylor has said the trial, which began last month, would not be fair.



Daniel Graeber

Daniel Graeber is a writer for United Press International covering Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader Levant. He has published works on international and constitutional law pertaining to US terrorism cases and on child soldiers. His first major work, entitled The United States and Israel: The Implications of Alignment, is featured in the text, Strategic Interests in the Middle East: Opposition or Support for US Foreign Policy. He holds a MA in Diplomacy and International Conflict Management from Norwich University, where his focus was international relations theory, international law, and the role of non-state actors.

Areas of Focus:International law; Middle East; Government and Politics; non-state actors