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Ringleader of global monkey torture network, 'The Torture King', is charged

www.bbc.com Ringleader of global monkey torture network, 'The Torture King', is charged

Michael Macartney, 50, confessed to the BBC his role in an extreme monkey torture network.

Ringleader of global monkey torture network, 'The Torture King', is charged

A ringleader in a global monkey torture network exposed by the BBC has been charged by US federal prosecutors.

Michael Macartney, 50, who went by the alias "Torture King", was charged in Virginia with conspiracy to create and distribute animal-crushing videos.

Mr Macartney was one of three key distributors identified by the BBC Eye team during a year-long investigation into sadistic monkey torture groups.

Two women have also been charged in the UK following the investigation.

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Mr Macartney, a former motorcycle gang member who previously spent time in prison, ran several chat groups for monkey torture enthusiasts from around the world on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.

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