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Rise and fall of Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor

A three-judge panel of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone is deliberating over charges against Charles G. Taylor.
JEAN-MARC BOUJU/ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILE 1995
A three-judge panel of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone is deliberating over charges against Charles G. Taylor.

1972: Charles G. Taylor, 24, arrives in Boston on student visa; attends Bentley College, works in South Boston, and lives for the next decade mainly in Roxbury.

1980: Joins new Liberian government after Samuel Doe mounts successful coup with Taylor’s help.

1983: Flees to Boston after being charged with embezzling government funds.

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May 24, 1984: Arrested in Somerville and jailed in Plymouth.

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Sept. 15, 1985: Escapes from Plymouth House of Correction.

December 1989: As head of rebel army, launches incursion into Liberia from Ivory Coast, setting off a series of civil wars.

1996: Consolidates power in Liberian capital of Monrovia.

1997: Elected president of Liberia.

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2002: Investigated by UN Special Court for Sierra Leone for alleged role in instigating atrocities.

2003: Indicted on war crime charges, Taylor flees to Nigeria; turned over to UN court three years later.

2007: Trial begins in The Hague.

March 2011: Trial concludes, awaiting a verdict.