Charles Taylor Trial Transcripts

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Project Name Charles Taylor Trial Transcripts
Implemented by: MySociety
Project Website
Tool(s) used: SayIt
Country/Countries: Liberia
Supports Peacebuilding Theme(s): Rule Of Law

Project Description

From the SayIt website:

"Charles Taylor was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 1997 until 2003.

In June 2003, whilst he was still president, he was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In August 2003 he resigned and moved to Nigeria in exile. In 2006 he was arrested and charged by the Special Court, which began a legal process which was to last seven years.

In April 2012 the Special Court ruled that he was guilty on 11 counts, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The trial was enormously long and complex (as always, Wikipedia provides an excellent overview) and saw over 400,000 speeches or statements. We have taken the official transcripts from, the website of the trial, and imported them unaltered into this SayIt website. We have done this to show how we feel serious documents should be published in future."

The tool breaks down the whole of the 870 sections of the trial, capturing 427,790 speeches made by 166 speakers into an easily searchable database.