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Son of Ex-Liberian leader is charged

From Times Wire Reports

The son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor was indicted in Miami on U.S. charges of committing torture as chief of a paramilitary unit during his father’s regime.

The indictment marks the first time a 12-year-old federal anti-torture law has been used, U.S. officials said.

Charles McArthur Emmanuel, 29, also known as Chuckie Taylor Jr., was charged with committing torture overseas as a U.S. citizen as well as conspiracy. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

Suspects who face the torture charges must either be U.S. citizens or be caught in the United States; in this case, Taylor was both.

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He was born in Boston to a former girlfriend of Taylor.


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