Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the verdict in the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, who is accused of backing rebels in Sierra Leone. He denies the charges, but if found guilty, he would become the first former head of state convicted of war crimes by an international court since the Nuremburg trials after World War II.
So stay with us for the latest updates - the 11 charges he faces will be read out starting at 10:00, which could take up to two hours. We will have reaction from correspondents, analysis, and reaction from Sierra Leone, Liberia and around the world. You can contact us via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.
Charles Taylor first came to international prominence after an interview on New Year's Day 1989 on the BBC's Focus on Africa programme with its then editor Robin White, who reflects on their verbal sparring.
The hearing at the court sitting in The Hague has now opened.
Mr Taylor looks sombre, wearing a dark suit, as he listens to the opening statement of lead justice Judge Richard Lussick.
Charles Taylor making notes in the court room of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The judge says that the prosecution has proved on various counts that the RUF rebels were responsible for killings, rapes and mutilations committed during the conflict in Sierra Leone, but is yet to say whether the court accepts that Charles Taylor can be linked to these crimes.
The judge says before the indictment period, the RUF leader Foday Sankoh and Charles Taylor had met when they trained in Libya, but said the two worked independently of each other.