Acts of torture

This May 16, 2020, photo provided by Mohamed Soltan shows himself at his home in Fairfax, Va. After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohammed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. (Bushra Soltan via AP)
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June 01, 2020 - 11:48 pm
CAIRO (AP) — After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohamed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. He never thought he'd get a chance to fight back, let alone make it out alive. But...
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May 26, 2020 - 4:15 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman. The spokesman, Eddy Jackson Alexis,...
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One of the defendants, Eyad A. (43), is sitting on the bench of the Higher Regional Court behind Corona protective screens, hiding his face under a hood in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Two former members of Syria's secret police go on trial Thursday in Germany accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where large numbers of opposition protesters were tortured.(Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)
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April 23, 2020 - 8:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — Two former members of Syria's secret police appeared in court in Germany on Thursday accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where thousands of opposition protesters were tortured. The trial of Anwar R. and Eyad A., whose last names weren...
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In this Sunday, April 19, 2020 photo Syrian Wassim Mukdad poses for a photograph at the Berlin offices of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany. Together with more than a dozen other witnesses, Mukdad will testify before a German court in the trial of Anwar R., a former member of Syria’s secret police suspected of overseeing the abuse of detainees at a notorious jail near Damascus known as Al Khatib, or Branch 251. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)
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April 21, 2020 - 2:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Six years ago Wassim Mukdad fled Syria, demoralized and fearing for his life as the country spiraled ever deeper into all-out war. This week, the 34-year-old will come face-to-face with the man accused of running a government detention center where Mukdad and thousands of others were...
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March 27, 2020 - 1:04 am
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge again rejected a request from a northern Virginia man who sought to overturn his life sentence for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted in 2005. He filed a motion last year seeking a new sentence...
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This photo provided courtesy of the White family, shows U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Mashhad, Iran. Two Americans imprisoned in the Middle East have been released. Iran has granted a medical furlough to U.S. Navy veteran Michael White as part of its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, and a Lebanese judge orderrs the release of Amer Fakhoury because more than 10 years had passed since the crimes he was accused of committing. (Courtesy of the White Family via AP)
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March 19, 2020 - 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American jailed for months in Lebanon was released from custody Thursday, while a Navy veteran was granted medical furlough from an Iran prison as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus, U.S. officials said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Michael...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 photo, an Indian woman holds a candle and placard during a protest against the sedition case filed by police against a school after a play preformed by students denouncing a new citizenship law, in Bangalore, India. Critics, intellectuals, human rights activists, filmmakers, students and journalists in seen as opposed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government are being increasingly silenced under a colonial-era sedition law. Official data reveal as many as 332 people were arrested under the law between 2016 and 2018, though only seven were convicted, suggesting that the police have struggled to gather evidence against the accused. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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March 06, 2020 - 5:07 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Sharjeel Imam was a little-known research scholar and a student activist until Indian police launched a manhunt across five states to nab him for a protest speech he gave calling for a month-long road blockade in the county's northeast. “Create debris on the railway tracks and...
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In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, center, takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. International Criminal Court judges rejected Wednesday an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who claimed the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to start later this year for alleged crimes in Timbuktu including torture, rape and persecution. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
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February 19, 2020 - 6:31 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday rejected an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who argued that the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al...
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February 17, 2020 - 12:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case. Last week, a Russian court convicted seven members of the left-wing youth group Set (Network) of terrorism...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2005 file photo, Chen Gang, formerly of Beijing, China, leaves U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn. Gang was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Chinese citizens against Zhao Zhizhen, a Chinese television and radio executive they accuse of inciting torture against them because they were followers of Falun Gong. A federal appeals court ruling in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, rejected a request by members of the movement to file an amended lawsuit. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)
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January 21, 2020 - 2:04 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday is expected to end a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit...
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