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Sweden Says It Cannot Imprison Taylor if Convicted


Sweden says it is not prepared to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if a U.N.-backed court finds him guilty of crimes against humanity.

A Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman says his government does not have the legal framework to accept prisoners from the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

He added that Swedish lawmakers are due to consider a proposal to sign an agreement with the court later this year.

Taylor is facing war crimes charges at the court in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. But the court has requested that his trial be moved to the Hague in the Netherlands because of security issues.

The Netherlands has also refused to imprison Taylor, and says it will only host his trial if he is transferred to another country after the proceedings.

Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of war crimes charges that stem from his alleged backing of rebels during Sierra Leone's brutal civil war.

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