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Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-10-30

A US citizen and son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been convicted by a US court of involvement in summary executions and torture during his father's rule.

The son of Liberian former president Charles Taylor was found guilty here Thursday of involvement in summary executions and torture in the west African nation, court sources told AFP.
Charles McArthur Emmanuel, 31, a US citizen also known as "Chuckie Taylor" who was the head of Liberia's anti-terrorist services during his father's 1997-2003 rule in Liberia, was found guilty by a jury here of charges including conspiracy to commit assassination and torture.
"He was declared guilty," said a spokesperson for federal judge Cecilia Altonaga who presided over the case.
"The judge set the sentence for January 9, 2009."
The trial is the first under a 1994 US law that allows prosecution of US nationals charged with torture outside the United States.
The indictment against Emmanuel included graphic detail of brutal killing and torture Emmanuel allegedly ordered and in some cases carried out between April 1999 and July 2003.
One victim was allegedly placed naked in a pit as stinging fire ants were shoveled over him.
He was also alleged to have tortured his victims with melted plastic, electric shocks and scalding water as well as beatings with "sharp metal rods."

Date created : 2008-10-30