Seven Trinidadian men were convicted of hostage-taking Friday for their roles in the 2005 kidnapping of an American citizen.

The men face a mandatory life sentence under the federal hostage-taking statute. They were found guilty of abducting Balram Maharaj, a 61-year-old naturalized American citizen, who was vacationing in his home country. Maharaj, who was in poor health, died while tied to a tree in a forest hideaway. The dismembered remains of his body were later found by investigators.

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