Child killer Ian Huntley has struck up a friendship with an African dictator imprisoned for crimes against humanity.
49-year-old Soham double killer Huntley is a close prison friend of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia who is serving 50 years in the UK.
Warlord Taylor, who used child soldiers to maim enemies, was imprisoned in Sierra Leone for atrocities in the Blood Diamonds civil war.
He is held in a cell near Huntley in Frankland Prison in County Durham, and the two often chat comfortably.
Huntley, who killed 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, Cambs in 2002, even turns to 75-year-old Taylor for advice.
A source said: “They make a pretty dark couple, but they’ve become very close – Huntley looks up to Taylor and thinks he’s really intelligent.”
“He often seeks Taylor’s advice on the prison regime and world affairs.
“You have an interest in the history of warfare.”
Taylor, who ruled Liberia from 1997 to 2003, was convicted by the International Criminal Court in 2012 of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He was sent to serve time in Britain, where he also befriended Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who lived in Frankland until his death in 2020.