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Wife of war crimes suspect Charles Taylor gives birth

File photo of Charles Taylor on trial in the Hague, 14 July 2009
Charles Taylor already has three girls with Victoria

The wife of Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor - on trial in The Hague for war crimes - has had a baby girl, his family spokesman says.

Sando Johnson told the BBC Victoria Addison-Taylor would soon take her back to Monrovia to meet the family.

"Mr Taylor is overjoyed with the birth of his daughter," said his lawyer.

Mr Taylor denies backing rebels who committed widespread atrocities throughout the 1990s in Liberia's neighbour Sierra Leone.

He already has two girls with his current wife, who moved to the Netherlands for the duration of the trial.

The baby was born in February but her birth has only just been made public.

The spokesman said he did not know how many children Mr Taylor had altogether.

He married Victoria shortly before stepping down as president and going into exile in Nigeria in 2003.

His first son, McArthur "Chuckie" Taylor, a US citizen, was sentenced in January to 97 years in prison in the US after he was convicted of torture and war crimes during Liberia's civil war.

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