나이지리아 당국은, 찰스 테일러 전 라이베리아 대통령을 체포했다, 곧 라이베리아로 송환할 계획이라고 밝혔습니다.
전범혐의를 받고있는 테일러 전 대통령은, 스물네시간 전에 그동안 거주해왔던 나이지리아 동남부 칼라바의 호화주택에서 사라진 것으로 보도됐었습니다. 나이지리아 경찰 대변인은, 29일, 테일러 전 대통령이 국경을 넘어 카메룬으로 탈출을 시도하던 중 체포됐다고 말햇습니다.
수도 아부자의 나이지리아 정부 고위관리들은, 테일러 씨가 즉각 라이베리아로 송환될 것이라고 말했습니다. 지난 2003년부터 테일러 전 대통령에게 망명처를 제공해온 나이지리아는, 지난 27일에 테일러 씨가 사라졌다는 사실을 발표한 후 널리 비판을 받아왔습니다.
오늘 워싱톤에서 부시 대통령과 정상회담을 갖는 이지리아의 오루세군 오바산조 대통령은 아직까지 아무런 논평을 하지않았습니다.
Authorities in Nigeria say they have arrested Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, and are sending him back to his homeland to face war-crimes charges.
The former Liberian leader's mysterious disappearance had been reported just 24 hours earlier. A Nigerian national police spokesman says he was detained early today (Wednesday) while apparently trying to flee across into Cameroon.
In Abuja (the capital), senior Nigerian government officials say Taylor will be repatriated immediately. Widespread criticism has descended on Nigeria since authorities revealed that the fugitive Liberian leader vanished (Monday) from the lavish villa (at Calabar, in the southeast) that Nigeria has provided for him since 2003.
There has been no comment yet from Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is in Washington, preparing to meet President Bush at the White House in a few hours (shortly / at 14-hours-30, UTC).
(One account from the Cameroon border region in Nigeria's Borno state indicates Taylor was trying to flee Nigeria by car. A local trader who witnessed the arrest tells the French news agency that suspicious customs officers uncovered Taylor's identity, after a search of his car turned up large quantities of cash.
(Police in Borno say Taylor was detained at the Gamboru-Ngala border crossing, a remote outpost in arid northeastern Nigeria.)
Taylor has been living in exile in Nigeria since 2003, when he left Liberia as part of a peace deal to end the country's 14-year civil war. A United Nations-backed court (in Sierra Leone) has been trying to arrest him for (17 counts of) crimes against humanity, for his actions while in power in Liberia and his support for rebel forces in neighboring Sierra Leone.