The exploitation of diamonds in Kono later allowed the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front
to finance their destructive operations after 1991.
He also backed the Revolutionary United Front
rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone while in power, fuelling a civil war that claimed 120,000 lives between 1991 and 2002.
"I was then captured and held by "I was then captured and held by the Revolutionary United Front
and the Revolutionary United Front
and made to work crushing rice.
Notorious for their brutality, the Revolutionary United Front
rebels were manned with captured UN armour, machine-guns and grenade-launchers, while the men of X Platoon had no body armour, grenades or heavy weapons.
My childhood was robbed by the Revolutionary United Front
(RUF) for two years.
He was convicted not only of aiding and abetting Sierra Leone rebels from Liberia, but also for actually planning some of the attacks carried out by Sierra Leone rebel groups, the Revolutionary United Front
and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council.
Taylor aided and abetted the civil war in Sierra Leone by financing the Revolutionary United Front
(RUF) in return for handsome settlements through EoACAyblood diamonds'.
Taylor resigned in 2003 at the peak of the controversy, and he is also reportedly known to have aided the arming of the notorious Revolutionary United Front
(RUF) in Sierra Leone.
While Waugh acknowledges that during the war "working conditions improved for many living in the Taylorcontrolled 'Greater Liberia' (though "the puppet government in Monrovia was haemorrhaging economically"), he says it is Taylor's role in supporting the Sierra Leonean rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front
(RUF) that would later lead him to The Hague via the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The prosecution claimed that Taylor backed the Revolutionary United Front
(RUF) rebel group in Sierra Leone and had ties to a second warring faction, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC).
He was found guilty for aiding and abetting war crimes committed by the Revolutionary United Front
during Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war.