Charles Taylor: Liberia's feared warlord

Published 1140 GMT (1940 HKT) April 26, 2012
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Charles Taylor, leader of the rebel National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) waves to recruits 28 May 1990 upon seizing the port of Buchanan, 200 kms (120 miles) from the capital Monrovia. AFP/Getty Images/FILE
Rebels loyal to Charles Taylor take position behind a truck in May 1990 in Monrovia. AFP/Getty Images
A masked rebel loyal to warlord Charles Taylor patrols in the streets of Monrovia in August 1990. AFP/Getty Images
Liberian President Charles Taylor, right, chats to Nigerian counterpart Olusegun Obasanjo during a symbolic bonfire to destroy weapons in Monrovia in July 1999. AFP/Getty Images
A child soldier wearing a teddy bear backpack points his gun at a photographer in a street of Monrovia in June 2003. AFP/Getty Images
Charles Taylor is comforted by his wife, Jewel Howard-Taylor, at the funeral of his mother in July 2003 in Monrovia. Getty Images
Charles Taylor, left, sits beside Liberia's new President Moses Zeh Blah during a swearing-in ceremony in Monrovia in August 2003. AFP/Getty Images
Charles Taylor waves as he boards a Nigerian government plane in Liberia August 2003 that will take him into exile. AFP/Getty Images
Charles Taylor arrives at Rotterdam Airport in June 2006 for his war crimes trial following his arrest in Nigeria. AFP/Getty Images
Charles Taylor waits for the start of the prosecution's closing arguments during his trial at the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone in February 2011. AFP/Getty Images