INTERNATIONAL NEWS - The Special Court for Sierra Leone says former Liberian President Charles Taylor will appeal his war crimes conviction.
Taylor was convicted for arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds," and last month sentenced to 50 years in prison.
His lawyers said then they were considering an appeal and Tuesday the court said in a brief statement they have now filed a formal notice of their intention to do so.
While the Sierra Leone court is based in that country's capital, Freetown, Taylor's trial is being staged in Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague, Netherlands, for fear holding it in West Africa could destabilize the region.
Taylor's lawyer Morris Anyah could not immediately be reached Tuesday for comment.