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UN rights chief calls on Nigeria to hand over wanted war crimes suspect Taylor

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] has called for ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor, currently in exile in Nigeria, to stand trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive] on 17 counts of war crimes committed during his 15-year rule. On a visit to Sierra Leone, Arbour said "I call and will continue to call publicly not only on (Nigerian) President Obasanjo but all African leaders to transfer Taylor to Sierra Leone to stand trial". Clark was allowed to settle in Calabar, southern Nigeria after his August 2003 ouster following decades of civil war. World leaders, including US President Bush, have also pressured [JURIST report] Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo [official website] to turn Taylor over to UN authorities. AFP has more.

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