Charles Taylor to serve sentence in Britain

Oct 10, 2013, 6:26 AM EDT
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor (L) waits on September 26, 2013 in the courtroom of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague before the start of to his appeal judgement.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The British government says former Liberian president Charles Taylor will be transferred to a U.K. prison to serve his 50-year sentence for sponsoring atrocities in Sierra Leone.

Taylor, 65, is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone found him guilty in April 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers. His conviction and sentence were upheld at appeal last month.

British Justice Minister Jeremy Wright wrote in a letter to parliament Thursday that Taylor "will now be transferred to a prison in the U.K."

A court spokesman would not immediately confirm where Taylor would be imprisoned.