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Prosecution Ready to 'Move Quickly' in Taylor Trial


Prosecutors for the Special Court of Sierra Leone say they are ready to move quickly in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

However, prosecutor Christopher Staker said Wednesday that it is not clear when proceedings will begin.

Taylor arrived in handcuffs in The Hague on Tuesday. He is being held in a maximum-security Dutch prison.

The U.N.-backed Sierra Leone tribunal will hold the trial in the facilities of the International Criminal Court.

Some African leaders, including Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, had asked the U.N. to hold the trial in Europe, fearing the trial could destabilize west Africa.

Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged support of rebels who raped, mutilated and killed civilians during Sierra Leone's civil war.

The United Nations approved the transfer last week, after Britain agreed to imprison Taylor if he is convicted. Finding a third country to jail Taylor was one of the Netherlands' conditions for accepting the trial.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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