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US seeks 147-year sentence in Taylor torture case

US seeks 147-year sentence in Taylor torture case

Federal prosecutors in Miami are seeking 147 years in prison for the torture convictions against the son of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor.
A judge is scheduled Jan. 9 to sentence 31-year-old Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Chuckie Taylor.
Emmanuel was convicted in October of committing torture and other abuses as head of a paramilitary force in his father's government. It was the first use of a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture overseas.
Prosecutors say the lengthy sentence would send a worldwide message against torture. Emmanuel's court-appointed lawyer didn't immediately comment Monday.
Charles Taylor is on trial before a United Nations tribunal for alleged war crimes in Sierra Leone.


Updated : 2021-05-18 01:16 GMT+08:00