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Judges urged to deny Charles Taylor’s appeal

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — Prosecutors urged judges Tuesday to reject former Liberian president Charles Taylor’s appeal against his war crimes conviction and 50-year prison sentence, saying the court should hold ‘‘lords of war’’ as responsible for atrocities as the machine gun-wielding killers they support.

Taylor was found guilty in April 2012 of aiding and abetting Sierra Leone rebels, becoming the first former head of state since World War II to be convicted by an international war crimes court.

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He was convicted of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, torture, and the use of child soldiers.

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