Torture Trial in US Highlights Gaps in Law
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The US Department of Justice building in Washington, DC, January 12, 2023.
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The trial of a private United States citizen accused of torture as part of an alleged unlawful firearms manufacturing scheme in Iraq opened in the state of Pennsylvania yesterday. It is only the second case ever brought under a US federal law making torture a criminal offense.
Prosecutors allege that as part of the scheme, Ross Roggio, 53, abducted and tortured a potential whistleblower in Iraq in 2015 with the help of foreign soldiers placed under his command.
The US torture law prohibits torture, defined as acts specifically intended to inflict severe physical …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch