As the trial of Charles Taylor is comes to a close, Africa remains one of the most oppressed place on earth. Zed continues to add to it's long list of titles dealing with Africa and publishing new titles in it's Africa Now series. 2011 will see the publication of "Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa's Lone Star State". by Colin M. Waugh. This post is taken from the Open Society Justice Initiative's "The Trial of Charles Taylor" website.
March 11th 2011: Today marked the historic end of the trial against Charles Taylor. After three-and-a-half years of trial, the Prosecution and Defense both addressed Trial Chamber II for the final time. The parties referred to the passion, intensity, and emotions that became hallmarks of this trial, but thanked everyone involved for their hard work and dedication over the years.
The judges have now received all of the evidence tendered by the parties—amounting to testimony from 115 witnesses and 1097 exhibits. Having heard all of the parties’ assertions and arguments about whether this evidence indicates Taylor’s guilt or innocence, the judges will retire to deliberate and come to a final judgment on whether Charles Taylor is guilty of eleven counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law.