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Former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who is on trial in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, has reportedly decided to convert to Judaism.

One of Taylor's wives told BBC radio that the former warlord, the first African dictator to appear before the international tribunal, "has decided to become a Jew. And he wants to follow the true religion according to him. He wants to know deeply about God."

According to Victoria Taylor, her husband discovered Judaism after the being put to trial over his alleged war crimes in Sierra Leone.

"When he got to The Hague, he got to know that he really, really wanted to be a Jew," she told BBC. "And he wanted to convert to Judaism. And that's what he has done? He wants to know deeply about God and all about creation, and he wants to serve God accordingly and immediately.

Taylor's wife said that he still believes in Christ and hoped to embrace both religions simultaneously. ""He wants to follow the two religions," she told BBC.

Taylor, who served at Liberia's president from 1997 to 2003, was summoned to The Hague with 11 charges of war crimes committed during the 10-year conflict in Sierra Leone. The former warlord has denied all allegations.