By Scott Campbell| UK Mail Online|
The ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor was refused bail today ahead of her trial for torturing children and plotting to commit rape during the civil war nearly 30 years ago.
Coventry University lecturer Agnes Reeves Taylor, 52, is accused of inflicting severe pain or suffering ‘in the performance of her official duties’ in the African country between 1989 and 1991.
She was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s war crimes unit on 1 June and now faces one count of conspiracy to commit torture under the Criminal Law Act 1977 and seven counts of torture under the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
Reeves Taylor, who has two daughters and a granddaughter living in the UK, appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from prison for a short administrative hearing. Her trial is due to start on 2 October 2018.
The conspiracy charge alleges that she ‘agreed with others unknown that a course of conduct would be pursued namely rape’, which if carried out would amount to torture.
Three torture charges relate to the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering on a 13 year-old boy.
Source: UK Mail Online