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Possible for Sweden to Imprison Taylor

Published fredag 2 juni 2006 kl 12.13
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor

Swedish lawmakers have approved a law that makes it possible for the country to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if he is convicted of war crimes by a U.N.-backed tribunal.

The decision by the Swedish Parliament could remove a major obstacle that has stalled the former warlord’s trial in Sierra Leone.

Foreign Ministry officials said Thursday that Sweden had not yet officially decided whether it would accept a request to take in Taylor. Such a step would need final approval from the government.

The U.N.-backed court asked the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court to host the trial, fearing Taylor’s trial in Africa might revive regional instability.

The Netherlands has agreed to host the trial - on condition a third country agrees to jail Taylor if he is convicted.

Sweden had previously rejected the request to take Taylor, saying Parliament had not approved a special agreement with the Sierra Leone court that would make it possible for him to serve a possible sentence in the Scandinavian country.

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