Charles Taylor Says He Is Not a Cannibal
Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia who is on trial at the International Criminal Court, has denied practicing cannibalism or ordering the National Patriotic Front of Liberia to create fear among Sierra Leonians by eating Liberia's enemies in Sierra Leone.
Charles Taylor faces 11 charges for crimes related to the civil war in Sierra Leone, which borders Liberia. In addition to encouraging his militia to practice cannibalism in Sierra Leone, Charles Taylor has been accused of sending arms to fuel the war in Sierra Leone.
One witness had testified he ate human flesh with Taylor at a gathering of a secret society called Poro.
However, Charles Taylor denies the charges of cannibalism, as well as charges of terrorism, murder, rape, and torture.
Responding to the allegations of cannibalism, Mr Taylor was quoted by AFP news agency as saying: "It is sickening. You must be sick to believe it."
"It makes you feel like throwing up."
The former Liberian leader said there were cannibals in parts of his country, but he was not among them.