July 14, 2009
Posted: 1829 GMT
It's an interesting question: where should a leader, accused of unspeakable war crimes and chronic corruption, be tried?
Ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor's case is being prosecuted at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Taylor is charged with eleven counts – including using child soldiers as fighters and sex slaves – and is the first African leader to be tried for war crimes in the Netherlands.
The question, in the end, is one of legitimacy: would guilty verdicts issued in the Hague be considered valid by ordinary African citizens? African leaders, for their part, have made it clear: they will not cooperate with the ICC. At a recent African Union summit, in reference to a Hague indictement of Sudanese president Omar Bashir, regional leaders said they would not cooperate with the court on "indicted African personalities."
We will be bringing you the latest on the trial and on the fiery words Charles Taylor said in open court, as well as the results of today's poll on whether you think the Hague is the proper forum to try Charles Taylor.
Also today, we'll talk about the gradual upswell of grief surrounding Britain's Afghanistan war dead. Today, the small British town of Wootten Bassett stood in silence as flag-draped caskets in hearses somberly drove to the military base nearby.
We'll take you live to London where our Paula Newton is following that story.
Plus, more on the state of the world economy. Goldman Sachs posted good earnings and some economic indicators seem to be encouraging investors to buy into stocks after a two-month sell-off.
Ed Henry is live with us on President Obama's day trip to Michigan where he will talk about the U.S. economy, as debate about needing a second stimulus plan picks up steam.
On the Pakistani displaced story, I'll be talking to Patrick Duplat of Refugees International on internal refugees being enocuraged to go back to the Swat Valley, after having been forced to fee during a recent anti-Taliban military operation. Should they return? is it safe? We'll ask the questions for you.
That, plus the rest of the day's news.
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