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Swedish Prison for Charles Taylor?

Published onsdag 5 april 2006 kl 15.01
Charles Taylor

Sweden is considering a request to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if he is convicted by a U.N.-backed court.

Foreign Ministry Cabinet Secretary Hans Dahlgren says that Sweden and other countries have been asked by the U.N. whether they would be willing to have Taylor serve a prison sentence there.

Dahlgren has declined to reveal which other countries had been contacted, or what Sweden’s position was, saying only that the request was being reviewed.

Other press reports have indicated that Sweden would be willing to imprison Taylor should he be convicted, but would not give him asylum in case of a not guilty verdict. Taylor is accused of being behind war crimes in Sierre Leone while he was president of neighboring Liberia.

A Swedish jail already holds a prisoner convicted of war crimes in the Hague – former Bosnian Serb president Biljana Plavsic, who is serving an 11-year sentence for atrocities in the Bosnian war.

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