Monday, February 08, 2010

Liberia: Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr ordered to pay more than $22 millionto 5 people tortured by his goons

All - A federal court in the United States has ordered the son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to pay more than US$22 million in damages to five people tortured by his paramilitary unit during Liberia's civil war, according to news reports.

Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Charles "Chuckie" Taylor Jr. denied he was responsible.

"This notion that I'm this human rights abuser, this poster boy for human rights abuse, is deceptive and propaganda," the Associated Press quoted him as saying when the civil trial ended last week.

The victims said they were submerged in water, shocked on their genitals and suffered other abuses.

Taylor Jr. was sentenced a year ago by the same court in the U.S. state of Florida to 97 years in prison for abuses carried out by his paramilitary Anti-Terrorist Unit.

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