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The Hague - Judges at a special United Nations war crimes court in The Hague are due to deliver their verdict on Thursday on an appeal by Liberia's jailed former president Charles Taylor.
Taylor, 65, was in May 2012 sentenced to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting atrocities committed by a rebel group during the civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
The warlord-turned-president became the first former head of state to be jailed for war crimes since the post-World War 2 Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals.
Taylor maintains his innocence and in January launched an appeal to overturn the verdict. Prosecutors, however, are seeking to increase his prison term to 80 years.
In April 2012, the court found Taylor guilty of backing Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front rebels, who were feared for mutilating their enemies and used drugged child soldiers.
Taylor gave arms to the rebels and received so-called blood diamonds in return during the country's 1991-2002 civil war.
Taylor's lawyers have put forward 45 different grounds of appeal against his conviction and sentence.
Prosecutors argue that judges should have found him guilty of ordering and instigating crimes and are asking appeals judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone to increase his sentence.