updated 5/19/2006 12:16:10 PM ET 2006-05-19T16:16:10

Prosecutors charged an American man and two Sierra Leoneans Friday with plotting to help ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor escape from a U.N.-Sierra Leone war crimes court.

Michael Chemidlin, an former U.S. soldier, had been released after being detained earlier for taking pictures of the court, but was apprehended again this week.

"Is this an attempt to rescue him?" prosecutor Gerald Soyei said in court Friday. "These are all rescuers, especially first accused," he said of Chemidlin.

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