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.
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.
His short walk across the tarmac, surrounded by security and diplomatic personnel, was undertaken in a downpour.
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.
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.
Mr Taylor was whisked off to a cell at the court complex in Freetown, where he joined other suspected war criminals.