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Agnes Taylor previously worked as a lecturer and head of department at Coventry University

Torture charges against the ex wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor have been dismissed at the Old Bailey.

Agnes Taylor, 54, was charged in 2017 over a string of offences – some involving children – during the West African country’s civil war.

The university lecturer, from Dagenham in east London, denied wrongdoing and was due to stand trial in January.

But after a technical appeal, judge Mr Justice Sweeney dismissed all charges.

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