Charles G. Taylor, Ex-President of Liberia, was convicted Thursday of 11 counts of planning, aiding, and abetting war crimes during the civil war of Sierra Leone in the 1990s.
Taylor was convicted by a panel of three international judges according to the New York Times. It took 13 months of deliberation for the three to come to a conclusion. They agreed that "Taylor was guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape, slavery and the use of child soldiers."
According to both AP and NYT sources, much of the actions of Taylor centered around the search for diamonds in return for ammunition and support. Sierra Leone has long been known as a country of conflict. The role of diamonds in Sierra Leone was chronicled in the movie 'Blood Diamond" in 2006.
Taylor had pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts according to the AP. Sentencing is to come.