Friday, September 26, 2008

US Citizen Being Tried for Torturing People in Liberia

Wonder if this will mean that President and Vice President of USA can be tried for complicity in torture crimes in other nations that they either ordered or did not stop but had knowledge of - hmmm?

In a groundbreaking trial, former Liberian President Charles Taylor's son, Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Chuckie Taylor, is charged with inflicting and ordering the torture of prisoners as head of the elite paramilitary unit in his father's government.

The case marks the first prosecution under a 1994 law criminalizing torture outside US borders. It tests the principle that alleged human rights abusers should answer for their crimes no matter where they are brought to account. The 'Chuckie trial' is a test case in prosecuting torture committed elsewhere by US citizens.
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