LIBERIA

Son of former dictator Taylor sentenced to 97 years in jail

A US federal court in Florida sentenced "Chuckie" Taylor, son of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, to 97 years in prison Friday for torture and summary executions in the West African country during his father's 1997-2003 rule.

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AFP - "Chuckie" Taylor, son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, was sentenced by a federal US court to 97 years in prison Friday for torture and summary executions in the African country.

Charles McArthur Emmanuel Taylor, 31, a US citizen also known as "Chuckie" Taylor, was found guilty in October for crimes committed while he was the head of Liberia's anti-terrorist services during his father's 1997-2003 rule.

The judge said there was no reason for a reduced sentence requested by the defense, instead insisting "1,164 months in prison is the appropriate sentence" for crimes of "universally condemned torture."

Taylor had faced life in prison after the first trial under a 1994 US law allowing prosecution of American nationals charged with torture outside the United States.
  

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