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In pictures: Charles Taylor in custody

Charles Taylor disembarks from a Nigerian plane at an airport in Monrovia, Liberia (UN photo)

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor disembarked from a Nigerian plane at an airport in Monrovia, Liberia, after being captured trying to flee Nigeria on Wednesday.

A plane and helicopter at an airport in Monrovia, Liberia

He was taken straight to a UN helicopter, after Liberia's new president said she wanted the indicted war criminal in Liberia for as short a time as possible.

Charles Taylor walks across the tarmac at an airport in Monrovia, Liberia, in the rain

His short walk across the tarmac, surrounded by security and diplomatic personnel, was undertaken in a downpour.

Charles Taylor, in handcuffs, is surrounded by UN troops (Pic: Mathew Elavanalthoduka/Unmil)

Pictures of Mr Taylor in handcuffs after years at liberty will delight many people in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but dismay his remaining supporters in Liberia.

A helicopter carrying Charles Taylor lands in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Under tight security, the helicopter transferred him to neighbouring Sierra Leone, where Mr Taylor is due to be tried by a UN-backed war crimes court.

Charles Taylor in a van in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mr Taylor was whisked off to a cell at the court complex in Freetown, where he joined other suspected war criminals.





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