In 2000, the UN and Sierra Leone established the hybrid Special Court for Sierra Leone. More than a dozen people have been investigated for violations of international humanitarian law during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war, but one case stands out among all the others – that of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, Sierra Leone’s neighbor. He was accused of providing support for the rebel movement that stoked the 1991-2002 civil war, receiving diamonds in exchange.
Mr. Taylor was indicted in 2003 for crimes against humanity, war crimes, sexual violence, and use of child soldiers, among 11 counts in total. In February, he boycotted the final days of proceedings. It was only the latest twist in a bizarre and drawn-out trial that has included Shakespearean monologues from Mr. Taylor along with testimonies from British supermodel Naomi Campbell and American actor-activist Mia Farrow.