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Two British girls charged after international monkey torture community uncovered

Two British girls have been charged after a worldwide monkey gang was uncovered – with the US ringleader boasting how the group shared video ideas together with setting the animals on hearth. 

A year-long BBC probe discovered the merciless ring was working around the globe with tons of paying Indonesians to torture and kill toddler long-tailed macaques on video.

Michael Macartney, 50, dubbed the ‘Torture King’, has been charged in Virginia with conspiracy to create and distribute animal-crushing footage. 

The defendant was considered one of three key distributors recognized amid an investigation into merciless monkey torture gangs. 

Two British girls have additionally been charged following the investigation.

Holly LeGresley, 37, of Kidderminster, and Adriana Orme, 55, of Upton-upon Severn, have been charged in March with publishing an obscene article and inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal. 

Two British women have been charged after a global monkey gang involved in torturing the animals was exposed

Two British girls have been charged after a worldwide monkey gang concerned in torturing the animals was uncovered

In a secretly filmed video, M Ajis Rasjana talks to an undercover reporter. He says that if he is 'very, very angry' he hits the monkeys against the wall

In a secretly filmed video, M Ajis Rasjana talks to an undercover reporter. He says that if he’s ‘very, very indignant’ he hits the monkeys in opposition to the wall

Mr Macartney managed a number of discussion groups for monkey torture lovers from throughout the globe on the coded messaging app Telegram. 

The messaging teams have been used to current ideas for monkey torture movies, akin to setting monkeys on hearth and even placing one in a blender.

The video ideas have been then despatched alongside funds to video-makers in Indonesia who performed the abuse, generally killing the child long-tailed monkeys. 

Mr Macartney is accused by prosecutors of gathering funds from his discussion groups and distributing movies exhibiting the ‘torture, homicide and sexually sadistic mutilation of animals’. He has agreed to plead responsible to conspiracy expenses and is going through as much as 5 years in jail. 

Speaking to the BBC Eye investigations workforce final 12 months, Mr Macartney mentioned: ‘You wish to see monkeys get tousled? I may convey it to you.’

Discussing the second he joined his first Telegram monkey group, he mentioned: ‘They had a ballot arrange.

‘Do you desire a hammer concerned? Do you need pliers concerned? Do you desire a screwdriver?’

Three members, together with Mr Macartney, have already been charged within the US, in response to the BBC

Two individuals who carried out torture have been arrested and imprisoned in Indonesia, whereas three girls have been arrested within the UK, two of whom have now been charged. 

The torture ring began on YouTube, earlier than transferring to non-public teams on Telegram, the BBC World Service investigation discovered.

In a secretly filmed video, M Ajis Rasjana tells an undercover reporter that when he’s ‘very, very indignant’ he hits the monkeys in opposition to the wall.

The torture ring started on YouTube, before moving to private groups on Telegram, the BBC World Service investigation found

The torture ring began on YouTube, earlier than transferring to non-public teams on Telegram, the BBC World Service investigation discovered

He famous that he banged a monkey’s head in opposition to the wall and blood was popping out of its mouth, which he mentioned was ‘so cool’, whereas laughing. 

BBC journalists went undercover in one of many primary Telegram torture teams, the place tons of of individuals bought collectively to plan torture concepts and fee individuals in Indonesia and different nations in Asia to place them into observe.

The group aimed to make tailor-made movies exhibiting the abuse, torture and generally killing of child long-tailed macaque monkeys.

The BBC positioned the torturers in Indonesia, and the consumers and distributors within the US.

They additionally managed to entry a global legislation enforcement effort to have them punished for his or her actions.

At least 20 individuals have been below investigation around the globe, together with three girls residing within the UK who have been arrested by police in 2022.