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Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 19:23
Sanctions against Taylor's Liberian allies lifted by UN.
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The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions against 17 Liberians linked to former Liberian president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor.

The asset freezes and travel bans were imposed more than a decade ago in a bid to weaken Taylor while he was in power.

Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in jail by a UN-backed court in May for fuelling Sierra Leone's civil war.

He became the first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes by an international court since the Nuremburg trials.

Liberia's government welcomed the lifting of sanctions against the 17, who include two of Taylor's ex-wives.

More than 25 people remain on the sanctions list, including Taylor's son and arms trader Viktor Bout.

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