The ex-wife of Liberian former President Charles Taylor has been charged at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London with torture.
The 51-year old Agnes Reeves Taylor is accused of committing the offence between 1989 and 1991 during a civil war in Liberia.
Her trial is scheduled to commence on 30 June at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court in London. Ms. Reeves Taylor, who has been living in the UK after the former President Taylor lost power and was later convicted of war crimes, was arrested in Dagenham, east London, on Thursday.
Many have blamed former President Charles Taylor for the war in Liberia, which ended in 2003. The senseless war did not only lead to terrible suffering and losses amongst Liberians and neighbouring Sierra Leoneans; it equally resulted in the unfortunate loss of more than 250,000 innocent lives. Most of the charges levelled against Ms. Reeves Taylor allegedly took place at Gbarnga, the headquarters of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front during the civil war.
Until going to the press, Agnes Reeves has not responded to the allegations, however, many have volunteered to come forward with damaging evidence to prove that the ex-wife of Charles Taylor had, indeed, intentionally inflicted, on many occasions, severe pain or suffering on individuals, “in the performance or purported performance of her official duties.”
The question some are asking is: Will Agnes Reeves Taylor end up in jail like her former husband? Time will tell.