US jury convicts son of ex-Liberian president in first prosecution under 1994 anti-torture law

Other News Materials 30 October 2008 23:06 (UTC +04:00)

A federal jury in Miami has convicted the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the first case brought under a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture and atrocities committed overseas, the Associated Press reported.

Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr., was convicted Thursday of torture and conspiracy charges after two days of jury deliberations. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors said the 31-year-old was involved in killings and torture in Liberia as head of an elite security unit in his father's government.

Charles Taylor is on trial before a United Nations war crimes tribunal.