Agnès Reeves Taylor

24.10.2017 ( Last modified: 30.10.2017 )
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Agnes Reeves Taylor was born on 27 September 1965 in Liberia.

In 1986, she married Charles Taylor, former director of Liberia’s General Service Administration, in Ghana. In that period, Charles Taylor formed of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), a militia group whose aim was to oust Liberia’s at the time president Samuel Doe from power.

In 1989, the NPFL invaded Liberia triggering a brutal civil war in which more than 150000 died and half of the population became refugees.

Between 1989 and 1991, many Liberian civilians of certain ethnic groups and soldiers of the Liberian armed forces were subjected to extreme violence and killed in the counties of Nimba and Bong.

Legal Procedure

On 1 June 2017, Taylor was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit and charged the following day with one accusations of conspiracy to torture and three accusations of infliction of severe pain or suffering in the performance of official duties. The charges referred to facts occurred between 23 December 1989 and 1 January 1991.

On 3 June 2017, she appeared before the Westminster’s Magistrate Court. Her bail application was denied and she remained in custody.

A preliminary hearing was held on 30 June 2017 before the Westminster Magistrate Court.

On 11 August 2017, the tribunal refused to grant her a provisional release.


Taylor’s arrest is the fourth case based on universal jurisdiction in the UK and the first case concerning crimes allegedly committed in Africa.

Liberia did not prosecute any individuals for crimes committed during the civil war