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Nigerian Plane Carrying Taylor Arrives in Liberia


A Nigerian presidential jet carrying former Liberian President Charles Taylor has arrived in Monrovia.

United Nations peacekeepers in the city were expected to take custody of the fugitive Taylor and transfer him to a war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone.

Nigerian officials said President Olusegun Obasanjo had ordered the deportation of Taylor shortly after he was detained trying to flee into Cameroon.

The news came as Mr. Obasanjo held talks with President Bush at the White House.

President Bush expressed his appreciation for Taylor's capture, saying it was a sign of Mr. Obasanjo's commitment to peace in the region.

Mr. Obasanjo rejected criticism that his government had been "negligent" after Taylor disappeared from his home in southern Nigeria one day earlier.

Taylor has lived in Nigeria since 2003 when he agreed to leave Liberia as part of a peace deal to end the country's 14 year civil war.

Police in Nigeria's Borno state said Taylor was taken into custody at a border crossing, where he was traveling in a vehicle with diplomatic license plates. They said a search uncovered large quantities of cash in the vehicle.

Taylor is accused of 17 counts of crimes against humanity for supporting rebel forces in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.

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