Former Liberian President Charles Taylor to be sentenced

 who is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, specifically, with sponsoring brutal rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone’s civil war from 1991-2002.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Taylor’s funneled arms, ammunition and even mining equipment to rebels in return for blood diamonds and power in the volatile West African region.

Taylor insists he is an innocent victim of neocolonialism in a political process aimed at preventing him from returning to power in Liberia.

The civil war in Sierra Leone claimed nearly 200,000 lives.

Mr. Taylor faces life behind bars. If he is found guilty, Taylor would be the first African head of state convicted by an international court.