Snaring a Strongman

In a test case for Africa, a Liberian warlord is arrested for war crimes. Here's how he almost got away

Charles Taylor was impatient. For five hours the exiled former Liberian President had been sitting in the remote town of Gamboru, Nigeria, waiting for the right moment to slip across the border into Cameroon. Finally, as dawn cracked last Wednesday, Taylor decided to make his escape. A light-colored Land Rover carrying him and four companions--believed to be his wife, son, driver and an aide--drove past an unmanned immigration checkpoint before encountering a final gate across a narrow bridge. Witnesses say the driver and aide got out of the vehicle and started fiddling with the gate's lock. Nigerian customs officials approached the men,...

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