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Police charged for 2 deaths in custody during India lockdown

Jul. 2, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Four police officers have been arrested over the deaths in custody of a father and son who were detained for keeping their mobile phone shop open during coronavirus lockdown in southern India, police said Thursday. The police are investigating accusations that the officers badly beat the...

Opposition activists in Zimbabwe accused of lying get bail

Jun. 26, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Friday granted bail to three young female opposition activists who assert they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents but were then arrested for allegedly lying about the ordeal. They face up to 20 years in prison. The women, all members...

Sony Remond, a Haitian who has just been deported from the United States kneels on the tarmac at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, before he is to be transported to a hotel to undergo a 14-day mandated quarantine, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Prosecutors order ex Haiti strongman transferred to new jail

Jun. 24, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A day after ex-paramilitary leader Emmanuel “Toto” Constant was deported from the U.S., Haitian prosecutors on Wednesday ordered him transferred to the northern coastal town of Gonaives where authorities will decide whether the former strongman accused of murder...

Former paramilitary leader Emmanuel Constant is detained by Haitian police at his arrival to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Human rights groups have accused Constant of killing and torturing Haitians when he became the leader of the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s presidency was toppled in 1991. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

US deports ex-paramilitary leader 'Toto' Constant to Haiti

Jun. 23, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Former paramilitary leader Emmanuel Constant was deported from the U.S. on Tuesday and arrested as soon as he landed in Haiti, where he faces murder and torture charges stemming from killings committed during the political upheaval of the 1990s that involved the U.S....

US deports former paramilitary leader Toto Constant to Haiti, where he faces murder, torture charges from 1990s

Jun. 23, 2020 12:53 PM EDT
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — US deports former paramilitary leader Toto Constant to Haiti, where he faces murder, torture charges from 1990s.

Thai Cabinet approves draft laws against torture, abductions

Jun. 23, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet has approved draft laws on prevention of torture and forced disappearances, a measure that has long been sought by human rights activists. The demand for such legislation has gained momentum in recent years after the well-publicized abductions of several social and...

Yuliy Boyarshinov, right, and Viktor Filinkov, members of a left-wing group Set (Network) listen a court verdict from inside a glass cage in the Western regional military court in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, June 22, 2020. Members of the left-wing youth group Set (Network) were accused of terrorism, in a case human rights advocates believe to be fabricated and based on testimony elicited by torture. (AP Photo/David Frenkel)

Russian court hands prison terms to youth group members

Jun. 22, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court convicted two members of a left-wing youth group of terrorism Monday in a case that human rights groups called fabricated and based on coerced testimony. A three-judge panel in the military court in St. Petersburg — in Russia, military courts handle all...

Syrian suspected of torture at prison arrested in Germany

Jun. 22, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian man accused of torturing an inmate while working as a doctor at a prison run by military intelligence in his homeland has been arrested in Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, identified only as Alaa M. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested in the central state of...

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, left, is flanked by Erasmo Palazzotto, President of a Parliamentary investigative commission on the slain of Giulio Regeni, at the Senate in Rome, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte was heard by a Parliamentary investigative commission on the slain of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni who was murdered in Cairo in 2016. Giulio Regeni, 28, an Italian doctoral student disappeared in Cairo on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising, a day when security forces were on high alert and on the streets in force to prevent any demonstrations or protests. His body, stabbed repeatedly and exhibiting cigarette burns and other signs of torture, was reported found on Feb. 3. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italy pressed on arms sale to Egypt amid torture-murder case

Jun. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers pressed Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte late Thursday over the planned sale of two frigates to Egypt even though Cairo has refused to hand over suspects in the torture and killing of a graduate student or fully cooperate in the investigation. A special parliamentary commission...

Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested on accusations of lying that they were abducted make a court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Friday, June 12, 2020.  The three opposition activists alleged that they were sexually abused by their abductors, whom they said took them from a police station in May following an anti government protest.  Despite being hospitalised at the time, prosecutors charged them with contravening lockdown regulations.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

3 Zimbabwean women denied bail, accused of lying about abuse

Jun. 15, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young female opposition activists in Zimbabwe, who charge they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents, were sent back to prison when a court denied them bail on new charges that they lied about their ordeal. The three women were returned to Chikurubi maximum...