Former Liberia president’s ex-wife facing torture charges


Former Liberia president Charles Taylor’s ex-wife, Agnes Taylor, has pleaded not guilty to several torture charges.

The 53-year-old Taylor has been accused of committing the offences during Liberia’s civil war, from 1989 to 1991.

She was charged last year, after a Metropolitan Police inquiry.

The former Coventry University department head and lecturer allegedly tortured a pastor’s wife. Three other charges are related to “severe pain or suffering” allegedly inflicted on a boy.

Taylor will stand trial in January 2019, on charges of committing the crimes while serving as a public official or “acting in an official capacity.”

Her former husband was Liberia’s president from 1997 to 2003.