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Title: (C/NF) LIBERIA/SIERRA LEONE: UK CONSIDERING

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SUBJECT: (C/NF)  LIBERIA/SIERRA LEONE:  UK CONSIDERING 
TAKING CHARLES TAYLOR 
 
Classified By: PolMinCouns Maura Connelly; reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
¶1.  (C/NF) FCO West Africa Section Head Jason Moore told 
Poloff under questioning June 12 that HMG is considering UN 
Secretary General Annan's request that it agree to 
 
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incarcerate former Liberian president Charles Taylor if he is 
convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). 
Moore said HMG has concluded that Sweden and Denmark will 
definitely not take Taylor, and that FCO is willing but the 
Home Office is more cautious.  Primary legislation would have 
to be enacted in order to permit the UK to incarcerate 
Taylor; existing legislation authorizes the incarceration of 
persons convicted by courts set up by the United Nations 
(e.g., the International Criminal Court, the International 
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the 
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), but the SCSL is 
a "hybrid" court. 
 
¶2.  (C/NF) Moore cited questions that need to be addressed if 
the UK is to agree to take Taylor, such as whether Taylor's 
family would have visitation rights and whether Taylor 
himself would have right of abode upon completion of his 
sentence.  He explicitly dismissed Britain's colonial past in 
Sierra Leone as a factor in HMG's deliberations. 
 
¶3.  (C/NF) Moore was not sure how long it might take for HMG 
to reach a decision, particularly given that Home Secretary 
John Reid is swamped with embarrassing revelations about the 
functioning of the Home Office.  (NOTE:  Reid himself has 
said his vast, multi-faceted department is "not fit for 
purpose" at present.  END NOTE.) 
 
¶4.  (C/NF) Aware that Annan had also approached the USG, 
Moore asked how the USG intended to respond.  Poloff said he 
had no guidance on this, and offered no encouragement. 
 
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