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Charles Taylor lawyer storms out of war crimes trial

by: - February 8, 2011
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BBC Africa

A lawyer for Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor has walked out of court during the closing stages of the former leader’s war crimes trial in The Hague.

Courtenay Griffiths had tried to submit his final written brief to the court 20 days after the deadline. He was angered when judges refused to accept it.

Mr Taylor is accused of fuelling Sierra Leone’s civil war in the 1990s by arming rebels.

He denies 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The trial started in June 2007 – Mr Taylor boycotting the opening, arguing he would not get a fair trial. The verdict is expected later this year.