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Rights Group Urges Countries to Offer to Jail Former Liberian President


Human Rights Watch has called on countries to step forward with offers to jail former Liberian president Charles Taylor if he is convicted of war crimes.

The group's international director for justice, Richard Dicker, says countries should be aggressively offering to take Taylor, not backing away.

None of the three countries approached by the United Nations so far have agreed to take in Taylor. They include Austria, Denmark and Sweden.

Taylor faces trial for war crimes at a U.N.-backed court in Sierra Leone. However, the court has requested the trial be transferred to the Hague in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands says it will only host his trial if Taylor is transferred to another country if he is convicted.

Taylor has pleaded not guilty to war crimes charges that stem from his alleged backing of rebels during Sierra Leone's brutal civil war.

Taylor fled Liberia in 2003 and went into exile in Nigeria. He was extradited to Liberia last month and then sent to the court in Sierra Leone.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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