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.

See you on TV!


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TIRDAD GHARIB   July 14th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

Good evenning Dear Hala,Good Evenning To All Ex Liberian President Charles Taylor is a Dictator And Must Be tried for war crimes In the netherland Yes It is the right Place Indeed, See you On Tv Hala Very Sincerlly Yours.

Angelique Doudnikova   July 14th, 2009 7:46 pm ET

Let us not forget how Charles Taylor overthrew and killed Samuel Doe – the Liberian president before him. Samuel Doe was tied to a chair and tortured to death over the course of three days, the entire gruesome episode being videotaped. African leaders seem to have forgotten how he murdered an African leader. A sitting Liberian president no less!!

Sayan Majumdar   July 15th, 2009 11:14 am ET

Hala, persons accused of crimes against humanity on an aggravated level across national boundaries should be tried at the International Criminal Court.

This should be applicable more for military and ‘civilian’ despots capable of influencing the judicial process in their own domain.

Clear and simple.


frederic mcinerney   July 15th, 2009 8:39 pm ET

hala, your the best, your tone of voice is most pleasing, your positive sense of values is evident and your hair looks beautiful. i look forward to wathing you each and every day. your friend, frederic

Twahar Luzinda   July 16th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

Halla so many African Leaders have stayed in power for more than 20 years what do you think could be the best advise for these Leaders. send it to your african viewers for discussion.

Itai   July 17th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

Taylor should go to prison!

but it looks so as justice will fail again
international justice is a corrupted nonsence
look how it did fail in israel/palestine or USA/guantanamo ... torture is not a crime anymore in international law but a crumbled image

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