Latest Acts of torture News

Amnesty: Egypt should investigate death of inmate

Aug. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The rights group Amnesty International is urging Egyptian authorities to carry out an impartial investigation into the death of an inmate at Egypt's most notorious prison amid torture allegations. The London-based group said in a statement Friday that 30-year-old Hossam Hamed was found dead...

Zimbabwe comedian is latest in torture of government critics

Aug. 23, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A wave of abductions, torture and arrests in Zimbabwe are targeting opposition activists and other government critics, the latest being a popular comedian dragged from her home by armed and masked men. Barely two years after euphoric scenes engulfed Zimbabwe following the forced...

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Aug. 23, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people...

California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

Aug. 16, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert. A jury in Newport Beach found Hossein Nayeri,...

Police patrol Zimbabwe capital before anti-government demos

Aug. 15, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been abducted...

Brazil court says amnesty law doesn't cover ex-soldier

Aug. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For the first time in Brazil, a federal appeals court has ruled that torture committed during the country's military dictatorship does not fall under an amnesty law. Lawyers said Wednesday's decision reverses a previous ruling based on Brazil's amnesty law, but could be overruled in...

Jury returns fifth guilty verdict in couple's 2007 killing

Aug. 13, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The fifth defendant charged in the case of a couple who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in a 2007 carjacking in Tennessee has been found guilty in the murders. News outlets report the jury returned the verdict against Eric Boyd on Tuesday afternoon. The verdict included two...

Sri Lanka's feared wartime official now in presidential fray

Aug. 11, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was nominated as the Sri Lankan opposition's presidential candidate on Sunday, is a national hero to some for his role in ending the island nation's long civil war. But to his critics and victims of war and shadowy disappearances, he's a feared...

US judge gives 'El Chapo' associate a 28-year prison term

Aug. 6, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago sentenced a former lieutenant to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo " Guzman to 28 years in prison on Tuesday, imposing the long sentence even after rejecting claims by prosecutors that the trafficker offered street gang members $25,000 to hurt a star government...

Ugandan activist Bobi Wine condemns killing of his supporter

Aug. 6, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan musician and opposition leader Bobi Wine is urging police to investigate the death of one of his supporters who died from injuries sustained during torture by unknown abductors. Wine said the victim, an entertainer whose stage name was Zigy Wyne, was missing an eye and two...