MONROVIA, Liberia – New documents released by lawyers for former Liberian President Charles Taylor indicate the convicted war criminal enjoys playing tennis with fellow inmates at The Hague and is fearful of his pending transfer to the United Kingdom.
The documents describe Taylor as a well-behaved inmate who nevertheless "does like to speak his mind" and challenge prison officials. They also say he pays "particular attention to his deportment and appearance."
One letter written by Taylor himself describes his concerns over his safety and the distance from his family once he is transferred to a British facility. United Kingdom Justice Minister Jeremy Wright confirmed the pending transfer last Thursday despite Taylor's request to serve out his sentence in Rwanda.
Taylor received a 50-year sentence last year for sponsoring atrocities in Sierra Leone.