Latest Acts of torture News

Family seeks to sue Lebanon over dead father's captivity

Jan. 19, 2022 10:49 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Lebanese American man’s survivors, who filed an ambitious lawsuit last year alleging Lebanon’s security agency kidnapped and tortured him before he died in the U.S., hope to find an opening after the agency recently responded in an American court. Amer...

UK police asked to probe Indian officials’ role in Kashmir

Jan. 19, 2022 10:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A London-based law firm filed an application with British police Tuesday seeking the arrest of India's army chief and a senior Indian government official over their alleged roles in war crimes in disputed Kashmir. Law firm Stoke White said it submitted extensive...

Doctor goes on trial in Germany accused of torture in Syria

Jan. 19, 2022 06:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany began hearing a case Wednesday against a Syrian doctor accused of crimes against humanity for torturing and killing inmates at a government-run prison and two military hospitals in his home country. Federal prosecutors say the doctor, identified as...

Torture claims filed against new Interpol leader from UAE

Jan. 18, 2022 14:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French lawyer for a jailed human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday filed a torture complaint against the new president of Interpol, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, as the official made his first visit to the international police agency’s headquarters in...

UN hails landmark conviction of senior Syrian official

Jan. 13, 2022 13:13 PM EST

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago, a ruling the top United Nations human rights official described as “historic.” ...

German court convicts former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity in landmark torture trial

Jan. 13, 2022 04:39 AM EST
KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — German court convicts former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity in landmark torture trial.

For victims, Syria torture trial is 1st step toward justice

Jan. 12, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Victims of torture in Syria and human rights activists say they hope the upcoming verdict in a landmark trial will be a first step toward justice for countless Syrians who suffered abuse at the hands of President Bashar Assad’s government in the country’s long-running conflict....

Judge rejects torture claims by Islamic State defendant

Jan. 06, 2022 11:14 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Incriminating statements made by a British national charged with a significant role in the torture and beheading of American and British hostages held by the Islamic State group can be used against him at trial, a judge has ruled. El Shafee Elsheikh sought to...

Business manager to Kardashians killed, boyfriend charged

Dec. 29, 2021 20:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles business manager whose clients had included Nicki Minaj and the Kardashians was killed, and her boyfriend was charged with murder and torture, authorities said Wednesday. Police found Angela Kukawski, 55, dead in her car in Simi Valley northwest of...

Sheriff: Man tortures, kills girlfriend on Christmas Eve

Dec. 25, 2021 14:45 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old man allegedly tortured and killed his girlfriend in Southern California early Christmas Eve, authorities said. Saul Nava is being held on $2 million bail in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of murder, mayhem and torture. The felony of...