Charles Taylor Liberia war crimes verdict date set

image captionCharles Taylor's war crimes trial at the Hague began in 2007

The verdict in the war crimes trial of Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor will be delivered on 26 April, the UN-backed court trying him has said.

Mr Taylor is accused of fuelling Sierra Leone's civil war in the 1990s by arming rebels.

He denies 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It is the first international trial of an African former head of state, and Mr Taylor could spend the rest of his life in prison if found guilty.

His trial, at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, relates to his alleged role in the brutal civil war in Liberia's neighbour, where he is accused of backing rebels responsible for widespread atrocities.

The court hearings in The Hague included a testimony by supermodel Naomi Campbell about a gift of diamonds she had received. Mr Taylor is accused of trading in so-called "blood diamonds" to fund the rebels.

Mr Taylor denies all wrongdoing, describing the allegations against him as politically motivated.

If convicted, Mr Taylor would serve a prison sentence in the UK.

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