Charles Taylor was the first sitting African head of state to be indicted, and the first former head of state since Nuremberg to be indicted and subsequently tried and convicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international criminal tribunal.
Taylor Trial Timeline
7 March 2003 - Court approves Taylor indictment under seal.
4 June 2003 - Prosecutor unseals indictment while Taylor is visiting Ghana.
11 August 2003 - Taylor steps down as President of Liberia and goes into exile in Calabar, Nigeria.
4 December 2003 - Interpol circulates a "Red Notice" for Taylor.
31 May 2004 - The Appeals Chamber dismisses a motion challenging the indictment on the grounds of sovereign immunity and extra-territorality.
16 March 2006 - The Court approves an amended indictment reducing the counts from 17 to 11.
29 March 2006 - Taylor is apprehended by the Nigerian authorities and flown to Monrovia where he is arrested by UNMIL. He is then transferred to the Special Court.
3 April 2006 - Taylor makes his initial appearance at the Special Court in Freetown. He pleads not guilty to all charges.
16 June 2006 - UN Security Council Res. 1688 clears the way for Taylor to be tried in The Hague, saying that his presence in the sub-region was "an impediment to stability and a threat to the peace".
20 June 2006 - Taylor is transferred to The Hague.
4 June 2007 - The trial opens in The Hague before Trial Chamber II. The Prosecutor makes his opening statement in The Hague. Charles Taylor boycotts the trial and dismisses his legal team. The trial is adjourned until new counsel can be assigned.
7 January 2008 - Prosecution witness testimony begins.
30 January 2009 - Prosecution witness testimony ends. In all, 91 witnesses testified, including 58 crime base witnesses, 29 insider (linkage) witnesses and four expert witnesses. In addition, written statements were admitted from four crime base witnesses, and reports from two additional expert witnesses.
27 February 2009 - After the Court hands down decisions on pending motions, the Prosecution formally rests its case.
4 May 2009 - The Trial Chamber dismisses in its entirety a Motion for Judgment of Acquittal brought by the Defence.
13 July 2009 - The Defence opens their case. Charles Taylor is the first defence witness.
5 August 2010 - The Prosecution reopens its case to call three additional witnesses: Naomi Campbell and, in September, Mia Farrow and Carole White.
12 November 2010 - The Defence concludes their case after calling 21 witnesses, including Mr. Taylor.
8 February 2011 / 9 to 11 March 2011 - The Trial Chamber heard closing arguments.
26 April 2012 - Trial Judgement. Taylor is found guilty on all 11 counts for both planning and for aiding and abetting.
30 May 2012 - Sentencing Judgement. Taylor is sentenced to 50 years in prison.
26 September 2013 - Appeal Judgement. The Appeals Chamber upholdes Taylor's conviction and sentence.
15 October 2013 - Taylor is transferred to the UK to serve the remainder of his sentence.
30 January 2015 (made public 25 March 2015) - Trial Chamber denies Taylor motion to transfer him to Rwanda to serve the balance of his sentence.
21 May 2015 - President of the RSCSL confirms Trial Chamber decision, denies application to appeal.