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Ex-Liberian president's son convicted of torture

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  1. Shadow

    Shadow JF-Expert Member

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    (CNN) -- Federal jurors convicted the son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor Sr. of torture and conspiracy charges Thursday, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in the southern district of Florida.


    Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's son, Charles McArthur Emmanuel, is shown during his trial.

    Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr., also known as Charles McArthur Emmanuel, was found guilty on one count of torture, one count of conspiracy to commit torture and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Alicia Valle, special counsel to the U.S. attorney.

    Taylor's case, tried in Miami, Florida, was the first brought under a 1994 United States law saying those accused of committing torturous acts overseas can be tried in a U.S. federal court.

    "Today's conviction provides a measure of justice to those who were victimized by the reprehensible acts of Charles Taylor Jr. and his associates," Attorney General Michael Mukasey said in a written statement.

    "It sends a powerful message to human rights violators around the world that, when we can, we will hold them fully accountable for their crimes."

    He could face a sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced January 8.

    Although Taylor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, he moved to Liberia when his father was named president.

    Prosecutors said Taylor became the leader of the Anti-Terrorist Unit and the Liberian National Police while his father was president. The two groups are accused of abducting, torturing and killing people.

    According to prosecutors, Taylor committed torture and allowed others to commit torture. They burned certain victims with molten plastic, lighted cigarettes, candle wax and an iron; severely beat victims with firearms and cut and stabbed victims; and shocked certain victims with an electric device, prosecutors said in an indictment that superceded the initial indictment from 2006.

    In the initial indictment, Taylor was charged with one count of torture, one count of conspiracy to torture and one count of using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

    The superceding September 2007 indictment -- which incorporated the initial charges -- included five counts of torture, one count of conspiracy to torture, one count of using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and one count of conspiracy to use a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

    The defense had said the U.S. government had little or no evidence to back up its claims.

    Charles Taylor Sr. is standing trial in The Hague, Netherlands, on war crimes charges.

    He was sentenced to 11 months in prison but was ordered detained on the torture charges and not released when that sentence expired, the U.S. attorney's office said

    Ex-Liberian president's son convicted of torture - CNN.com
     
  2. Ab-Titchaz

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    This is a very interesting development coz I see how America's jurisdiction is
    spreading unabated...Je kama ni watu wao?...Will they agree for their own
    citizens to be tried in foreign courts so to speak?

    Meanwhile is Charles Taylor's son a US citizen or is he not?...mfupa huo tafuneni
     
  3. Mwawado

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    Hata yule Rais wa Panama Manuela Noriega alihukumiwa na kufungwa huko Miami FL,anatumikia kifungo cha miaka 30 jela.Hukumu yake ilikuwa mwaka 1989.Na hiyo nayo imekaaje wataalam?
     
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    Mwawado,

    Heshima yako mkuu and its nice to read from you.

    Kuhusu hii mada, I believe the Americans are biting more than they can
    chew.They boisterously go into people's countries to arrest folks and then
    make them stand trial in courts that have a questionable jurisdiction.
    Inanikumbusha hadithi za kaya wakati bibi alikua anatuhadithia story ya
    binadamu akishtakiwa na Tumbiri huku Sokwe nd'o Prosekyuta na Nyani ndiye
    Jaji...je utatoboa kesi?

    On the flip side, Mmarekani aki-commit any of these so called crimes against
    humanity sidhani kama watapelekwa mbele ya mahakama ya nchi husika.
    Waulize wajapani na wafilipino vile watoto wao wanabakwa na ma-sailor
    wakimarekani na kesi zinapotelea majini.Witnesses na corraborating evidence
    ipo lakini you cannot prosecute the guilty Americans.

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    Mkuu story ya Noriega imeenda shule kiaina.Huyu walikua na soo naye kivyao.
    Unajua jamaa was on CIA's payroll for a long time?...almost 30yrs. Kwa hivyo
    walimfuata kumuonyesha unyonge tu na pia walijua ataropokwa on the dealings
    he had with the CIA.Kumzuia basi ikawa lazima wamfunge tu kule Miami. Kesi
    yake bado moto maana wafaransa washamhukumu for 10yrs na wanataka
    wamarekani wamu-extradite huko akatumike.Thats where the whole thing is
    right now.
     
  5. Shadow

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    Wamarekani wanamambo kweli kweli wenyewe wamepitisha hii sheria ya vita dhidi ya torture at the same time wanaexport torture kwenye nchi washirika wao. Angalia Abughreb Prison, Iraq lakini yule mama mwanajeshi yeye alipigwa mvua 2 ( I stand to be corrected kwenye hili) lakini ukirudi nyuma, Hii sheria ya torture imekuwapo miaka 14 iliyopita. Naona kama kuna double standard...U.S pia wameexport torture kupitia CIA kwenda kwa washirika wao kama Pakistani na nchi za usoviet ya zamani.
     
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