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July 14, 2009
Posted: 1519 GMT

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andrew   July 14th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

any place is good if its meant to get rid of the african dictators

Global Thinker   July 14th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

Hello Hala!

I think I would answer both yes and no to this one.

Yes, the Hague in Europe would be a better choice as an environment for work with Charles Taylor as European culture is far more advanced, than culture in many African countries. However, I would choose to use the phrase "mutual investigation" with the purpose of learning and gaining objectivity, with the purpose of finding better solutions, rather than the word "try". The word "try" assumes judgement. I say it's better to focus on learning and finding solutions rather than passing judgements.

SIDO BABA-IBEJI   July 14th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

THE TRIAL CHARLES TAYLOR SUPPORT TO TAKE PLACE AT THE COUNTRY WERE HE COMMITED THOSE ATROCITIES WITH SOME AFRICAN PRESIDENTS. AM SURE HE SHARED HIS LOOTING WITH AFRICAN LEADERS ESPECIALLY FROM WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

Yinka Daniel-Elebute   July 14th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

I believe it is the best option since Hague represents the Global community on justice. Besides that, Taylor still possesses a pocket die hard followers at Liberia capable of upsetting any trial meant for him, which might even signal another round of violence not needed for the new government in Liberia.

Mabruuk Omar   July 14th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Hi Hala.
International Criminal Court in Hague Is the only Option international community have, because of the court is based international agreement and conventions, although we sow few countries ignored for the last months, including African Union. and support those responsible the criminals like Sudanese president.

Mubarak Omar

forshus, Gemany   July 14th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

While one cannot condone what happened both in Liberia and Sierra Leone for which Charles Taylor is accused, his arrest after the arrangements led and agreed upon by the former Nigerian President, was a complete betrayal and convinces other despots, which Africa is not lacking in, to cling to power. Let’s be gentlemen once again.

John Wood   July 14th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

Yes Hala. The U.S. has functioning Legal Courts, sadly few people have confidence in the Courts Mr Johnson would be tried in Africa. To give Mr Johnson a fair trial the ICC is the place.

Paul O   July 15th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

Hi, Hala Considering what this man has done or purported to have done to humanity. Well I saw some of them and they were despicable to say the least. Africans are getting wiser by day. I do not believe that anybody that saw what happened in that tiny West African States will still support Charles even if they use to. I would therefore say that were he is tried or being tried will not affect the outcome.

Zein G.   July 15th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

It all depends on predefined judgment : if you want him to be incarcerated for the rest of his life, then send him somewhere civilized for his trial. If you want to see him dead, then do what you did to Saddam Hussein. Send him home.

Vic Benedicto   July 16th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

where ever. location doesn't count. it's the merit of the case.

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