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US Judge Sentences Son of Former Liberian President


A U.S. federal judge has sentenced the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 11 months in prison for passport fraud.

Charles McArthur Emmanuel was sentenced in Miami, Florida, Thursday for lying on his passport application. He pleaded guilty to the charge, and has spent the past eight months in custody.

U.S. immigration officials arrested Emmanuel in March on charges that he lied about his father's identity when he applied to renew his American passport.

Emmanuel is a U.S. citizen by birth and is also known as Chuckie Taylor.

Separately Thursday, Emmanuel pleaded not guilty to charges of committing torture while in Liberia.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old was charged in a U.S. court of taking part in the brutal torture of a man in 2002, when Emmanuel was in charge of Liberian presidential security.

If convicted by the court on the torture charges, Emmanuel faces life in prison.

Emmanuel's father, Charles Taylor, faces trial in The Hague on charges of war crimes committed during Sierra Leone's civil war.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.