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Former Liberian president who is standing trial at The Hague, Charles Taylor has turned to Judaism for succour.
His wife Victoria Taylor told BBC Network Africa show which was monitored by ghanabusinessnews.com that her husband has not renounced Christianity, but only wanted to take on Judaism.
Asked what they discuss when she visits her husband, she said anytime she visited, they would talk about religion, God and their children.
In an answer to what led him to turn to Judaism, she said, “because of the difficulties, he always wanted to know God in a very different and special way. And because we talk of his childhood a lot, he as a child asked himself lots of questions about Christianity, the whole thing about Christ. Of course he still does believe in Christ,” she said.
She said Mr. Taylor wanted to understand how so many things in life happen the way they do. “When he got to The Hague, he got to know that he really wanted to convert to Judaism and that’s what he has done.”
Asked if he has rejected Christianity, she said, “no, no, no, he hasn’t rejected Christianity, he has always been a Christian.” Adding, “he has just decided to become a Jew, to follow the true religion, according to him he wants to know deeply about God.”
Mrs. Taylor said she believes her husband’s new faith would help him in his defence because she has seen transformation in him and she knows he wants to serve God.
“I believe God is doing this and God has opened his eyes through Judaism. But I have always told him, I will remain a Christian and you can be a Jew.”
Mrs. Taylor said, she knows Mr. Taylor has shown a lot remorse for what has happened in Liberia during the war.
She said he is doing well and looks good, even though he is in jail.
Charles Taylor is being tried by the Special Court For Sierra Leone for crimes against humanity for his involvement in and support for the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi