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9:00 AM EDT           Wednesday May 30, 2012

The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor last month of supplying and encouraging rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror, involving murder, rape, sexual slavery and the conscription children younger than 15.

He was also found guilty of using Sierra Leone’s diamond deposits to help fuel its civil war with arms and guns while enriching himself with what have commonly come to be known as “blood diamonds.”

“The accused has been found responsible for aiding and abetting as well as planning some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history,” said Lussick, who described one RUF military operation as the “indiscriminate killing of anything that moved.”

He spoke of amputations with machetes — some carried out by child soldiers forced to do so — and read accounts by witnesses who suffered under the violence.

“Witness TF1064 was forced to carry a bag containing human heads,” Lussick said. “On the way, the rebels ordered her to laugh as she carried the bags dripping with blood.”

Upon arrival, “the bag was emptied, and she saw the heads of her children.”

A former child soldier, conscripted at age 12, in his testimony told of “having the letters RUF carved into his chest,” Lussick said. “When ordered on a food-finding mission to rape an old woman they found at a farmhouse, the boy cried and refused, for which he was punished.”

The prosecution had asked the Special Court for Sierra Leone to sentence Taylor, who was president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, to 80 years behind bars, but the judges found the recommendation “excessive,” citing the “limited scope” of the conviction in key attacks.

The prosecutors had failed to prove that Taylor assumed direct command over rebels who committed atrocities.

There is no death penalty in international criminal law, and Taylor, 64, will serve out his sentence in a British prison.

The former Liberian president is appealing his conviction and will receive credit for time already served since his apprehension in March 2006.

The atrocities he was convicted of supporting occurred over the course of five years — almost his entire presidency — and reached a peak in 1998 and 1999. Sierra Leone’s civil war lasted from 1991 to 2002, ultimately leaving 50,000 dead or missing.

Although Taylor was not on the battlefield in Sierra Leone, the court saw his position of power as president of the neighboring country and the use of his own military’s capabilities to stoke up RUF rebels as making him directly responsible for the bloodshed he encouraged.

Taylor does not see himself as a war criminal but as a victim — a leader wronged by corruption and a hypocritical hand of justice with a political agenda.

“I never stood a chance,” he said last week during his final courtroom stand. “Only time will tell how many other African heads of state will be destroyed.”

Taylor accused the United States government of throwing the trial by paying prosecutors millions of dollars and claimed that witnesses had been bought.

He has expressed no remorse and insisted his intent was far from what had been portrayed by prosecutors. He has described himself as a peacemaker, saying he should be spared a harsh sentence.

His defense attorneys pointed to the former Liberian president’s role in the peace process that ended the civil war as a mitigating factor in his sentencing.

But after lengthy consideration, the panel of judges — which in addition to Lassick included Judge Teresa Doherty and Judge Julia Sebutinde — did not buy it.

“While Mr. Taylor publicly played a substantial role in this process … secretly, he was fuelling hostilities,” Lassick said, supplying rebels with arms and ammunition.

Last month’s landmark ruling by the Special Court for Sierra Leone against Taylor was the first war crimes conviction of a former head of state by an international court since the Nuremberg trials after World War II that convicted Adm. Karl Doenitz, who became president of Germany briefly after Adolf Hitler’s suicide.

Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was tried by an international tribunal, but he died before a judgment was issued.

Taylor, 64, was found guilty of all 11 counts of aiding and abetting the deadly rebel campaign in Sierra Leone.

He was a pivotal figure in Liberian politics for decades and was forced out of office under international pressure in 2003. He fled to Nigeria, where border guards arrested him three years later as he was attempting to cross into Chad.

The United Nations and the Sierra Leone government jointly set up the special tribunal to try those who played the biggest role in the atrocities. The court was moved to the Netherlands from Sierra Leone, where emotions about the civil war still run high.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/30/world/africa/netherlands-taylor-sentencing/index.html

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Charles Taylor was born on January 28th, 1948 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Taylor_(Liberian_politician)

January 28th, 1948

1 + 28 +1+9+4+8 = 51 = his life lesson = President.  Anything you so or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.

King of Swords Tarot card

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January 28th, 1948

January 28th

1 + 28 +2+0+1+2 = 34 = his personal year (from January 28th, 2012 to January 27th, 2013) = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Fueling the fire.

Eight of Wands Tarot card

34 year + 5 (May) = 39 = his personal month (from May 28th, 2012 to June 27th, 2012) = Perfect.  Ideal.

Knight of Cups Tarot card

39 month + 30 (30th of the month on Wednesday May 30th, 2012) = 69 = his personal day = A marked man.

Ace of Pentacles Tarot card

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Charles Taylor

3819351 217369           58

 

his path of destiny = Banishment.  Exile.  Outcast.  Ostracized.

Four of Swords Tarot card

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April 26, 2012         4:49 am

In a landmark case, former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity through his arming of ruthless rebel groups in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for so-called blood diamonds.

An international war crimes tribunal announced Thursday that it had found Taylor guilty of “sustained and significant” support for the rebels who engaged in a long campaign of terror, murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlistment of child soldiers. However, he was found not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of ordering those abuses himself.

Still, it was a milestone verdict in a case that has been seen as an important test of the international justice system. Taylor, 64, is the first former head of state to have a judgment brought against him by an international court since the Nuremberg trials after World War II.

The verdict followed a year of deliberations by the judges of the Special Court of Sierra Leone just outside The Hague. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 16; Taylor could be imprisoned for life.

His trial lasted five years, during which the court heard a catalog of horrific acts committed by rebels whom Taylor helped arm in Sierra Leone’s civil war. The war ended in 2002 after more than a decade of fighting and more than 50,000 deaths. The rebels backed by Taylor became particularly known for hacking off the limbs of their perceived enemies and carving words onto their bodies.

They also recruited children to fight and terrorized the civilian population through rape, looting and burning down homes. Crucial to their campaign were the weapons they bought from Taylor and paid for with what came to be known as “conflict” or “blood” diamonds, because of their role in fueling conflict in Africa.

At one point during the trial, supermodel Naomi Campbell testified to receiving diamonds from Taylor at a banquet hosted by South African President Nelson Mandela. Actress Mia Farrow also testified regarding that incident.

Taylor, a warlord-turned-elected president, was indicted in 2003, arrested in 2006 and eventually flown to The Hague for trial. Conducting the proceedings in Sierra Leone itself was deemed potentially too destabilizing for West Africa.

Taylor pleaded innocent to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He testified for seven months in his own defense, portraying himself as a statesman, peacemaker and victim of a witch hunt by “vindictive” former colonial powers intent on keeping him out of power. His lawyers acknowledged that terrible abuses took place during Sierra Leone’s civil war but argued that he was not responsible for them.

The prosecution disagreed, describing him as the “godfather” of the rebels. Prosecutors called 94 witnesses and backed up its case with nearly 800 exhibits admitted into evidence. Taylor’s defense team called 21 witnesses.

Another former African leader, Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast, is now awaiting trial at The Hague.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/04/former-liberian-president-charles-taylor-found-guilty-of-war-crimes.html

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Charles Taylor was born on January 28th, 1948 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Taylor_(Liberian_politician)

January 28th, 1948

1 + 28 +1+9+4+8 = 51 = his life lesson = President.  Anything you so or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.

King of Swords Tarot card

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January 28th, 1948

January 28th

1 + 28 +2+0+1+2 = 34 = his personal year (from January 28th, 2012 to January 27th, 2013) = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Fueling the fire.

Eight of Wands Tarot card

34 year + 3 (March) = 37 = his personal month (from March 28th, 2012 to April 27th, 2012) = His fellow countrymen.

King of Cups Tarot card

37 month + 26 (26th of the month on Thursday April 26th, 2012) = 63 = his personal day = Facing life in prison.

Nine of Swords Tarot card

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January 28th, 1948

January 28th

1 + 28 +2+0+1+2 = 34 = his personal year (from January 28th, 2012 to January 27th, 2013) = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Fueling the fire.

Eight of Wands Tarot card

34 year + 4 (April) = 38 = his personal month (from April 28th, 2012 to May 27th, 2012) = Take care of yourself.

Queen of Cups Tarot card

38 month + 16 (16th of the month on Wednesday May 16th, 2012) = 54 = his personal day = Let’s watch.  Check it out.  Your guess is as good as mine.

Page of Swords Tarot card

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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Charles Taylor

3819351 217369           58

 

his path of destiny = Banishment.  Exile.  Outcast.  Ostracized.

Four of Swords Tarot card

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comprehensive summary and list of predictions for 2012:

http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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you can try to figure out some of your own numerology for FREE at:

http://numerologybasics.com/

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learn numerology from numerologist to the world, Ed Peterson:

https://www.createspace.com/3411561

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https://www.createspace.com/3802937

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