Latest Acts of torture News

Family to proceed with suit alleging man tortured in Lebanon

Aug. 17, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Relatives of a Lebanese American man said they are happy to proceed with their lawsuit alleging that Lebanon's security agency kidnapped and tortured him before he died in the U.S., now that a judge has rejected the agency's attempt to strike the allegations. ...

Judge: Lebanon can't intervene in suit and can't be sued

Aug. 15, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Monday denied a family's attempt to sue Lebanon on allegations that the country's security agency kidnapped and tortured their family member before he died in the U.S., and that the agency could not intervene in the case. Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese...

Egyptian prosecutors deny imprisoned activist faced harm

Jul. 29, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors are denying allegations of torture and ill-treatment leveled by a prominent imprisoned activist and claim he is in good condition, years after the allegations were made. For nearly 10 days, Alaa Abdel-Fattah's family members say they have not...

California court OKs death penalty in '80s sex slave murders

Jul. 28, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and death penalty for one of two men implicated in at least 11 notorious horrific torture-slayings in the mid-1980s in which the duo kept their victims hidden in a secret bunker in the Northern California...

A new Libyan force emerges, accused of abusing migrants

Jul. 22, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Moroccan man had been stopped before at sea in his multiple attempts to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe. But his most recent time was different. The Libyan force that intercepted the boat full of some 50 migrants was more brutal. The armed men beat and...

Italy's top court: murder trial of Egyptians can't proceed

Jul. 16, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s top criminal court has rebuffed prosecutors' efforts to revive the trial of high-level Egyptian security officials in the 2016 torture-slaying of an Italian doctoral student. The Court of Cassation ruled in Rome on Friday evening that there were no grounds to...

Rights group: Palestinians torture detainees with impunity

Jul. 01, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip systematically torture critics in detention, a practice that could amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group said Friday. Human Rights Watch called in its report for donor...

Ex-Argentine officer faces trial in Miami in massacre case

Jun. 24, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Argentine navy officer goes on trial Monday in Miami for his alleged role in a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland. Roberto Guillermo Bravo, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking...

California man pleads not guilty to kidnap, torture of woman

Jun. 14, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

CHINO HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A man accused of torturing, raping and disfiguring a woman who was held captive in his Southern California home for six months pleaded not guilty to 10 charges, prosecutors said Tuesday. Peter McGuire, 59, of Chino Hills entered pleas Monday to charges...

Detroit man charged in torture, sexual assault of girlfriend

Jun. 13, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been arrested after his 22-year-old girlfriend was strangled with an extension cord, sexually assaulted and burned with a metal spatula. He was arraigned Sunday on torture, criminal sexual conduct, home invasion, felonious assault and other charges,...