Liberian torture case in Fla. jury's hands

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. torture case against the son of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor is in the hands of a federal jury in Miami.

The jury of 12 begins deliberations Wednesday in the trial
of 31-year-old Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as "Chuckie"
Taylor Jr.

According to prosecutors, Emmanuel was involved in numerous killings and torture as head of an elite security unit in his father's government known as the "Demon Forces."

The trial marks the first use of a 1994 U.S. law allowing federal prosecution for torture committed in foreign countries.

If convicted, Emmanuel faces life in prison.

Charles Taylor is on trial before a United Nations tribunal on charges of war crimes and atrocities in west Africa during his presidency.


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