Judges reject Taylor war crimes acquittal request

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Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone this morning ruled against a defence request to acquit former Liberian President Charles Taylor on war crimes charges.
Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts involving murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during the intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in which more than 250 000 people were killed, Reuters adds.