Cannibalism Charge at Hague Trial
Gruesome details are emerging from the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor (far right), the former president of Liberia. The leader of one of Taylor’s death squads has testified that the president ordered his militias to cannibalize their enemies, including African and U.N. peacekeepers.
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When asked by defence lawyer Courtenay Griffith about how the militiamen would “prepare a human being” for eating, Mr Marzah described the splitting, cleaning, decapitating and cooking of the corpse with salt and pepper.
“We slit your throat, butcher you… throw away the head, take the flesh and put it in a pot… Charles Taylor knows that,” he added.
Mr Marzah also described how he had killed so many men, women and children that he had lost count, and also slit open the stomachs of pregnant women on Mr Taylor’s orders.
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