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Posted Saturday, January 10, 2009
Son of Charles Taylor, Ex-President of Liberia, Is
Sentenced to 97 Years
By CARMEN GENTILE
MIAMI — The son of a former Liberian president was sentenced Friday to nearly a
century behind bars for his role in orchestrating the deaths and torture of his
Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of Federal District Court here sentenced the son,
Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Chuckie Taylor, to 97 years in a
federal prison for torture and torture conspiracy involving seven victims and
the use of a firearm in a violent crime.
|MICHAEL KAMBER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
|In this wehaitians.com file photo, Charles G. Taylor, on steps,
ex-president of Liberia, arriving Wednesday, March 29, 2006, in Sierra
Leone after being caught in Nigeria while fleeing war crimes charges.
Mr. Emmanuel, 31, was also ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution to each of the
seven victims named in the federal indictment. His father, Charles Taylor, is
awaiting trial in The Hague on war crimes charges.
Mr. Emmanuel’s conviction came in the first use of a 1994 law that allows for
the prosecution in the United States of acts of torture in other countries.
During months of testimony, witnesses recounted how Mr. Emmanuel, the head of
Liberia’s notoriously violent Antiterrorist Unit from 1997 to 2003, ordered
punishments like electric shock, red-hot clothes irons and even biting ants on
prisoners during interrogations.
“It is hard to conceive of any more serious offense against the dignity and
lives of human beings,” Judge Altonaga said before sentencing Mr. Emmanuel, who
stared blankly, stroking a bushy black beard.
Prosecutors had originally asked for a sentence of no less than 147 years.
“How much time is enough for pressing a hot iron into human flesh?” the federal
prosecutor, Karen Rochlin, asked.
Born in Boston, Mr. Emmanuel spent most of his life in Orlando, Fla., with his
mother, stepfather and older sister. He was sent to live with his father in
Liberia as a teenager, a few years before Mr. Taylor won the presidential
election in 1997. He was arrested on charges of carrying a false passport when
he arrived in Miami from Trinidad in March 2006.
In his final statement to the court before sentencing, Mr. Emmanuel maintained
his innocence, though he expressed remorse for the victims on both sides of
Liberia’s civil war.
“I am sorry, my brothers and sisters, for what has happened to you during the
conflict,” he said, turning to those in the courtroom who were torture victims
and the families of those killed during the 14-year civil war.
Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company. Reprinted from The New York Times,
National, of Saturday, January 10, 2009.
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