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A British student’s appeal against his sentence in the United Arab Emirates, based on a ‘confession’ extracted through torture, has been rejected.
A High Court hearing begins today in the case of a man kidnapped and tortured by British troops in Iraq, rendered to secret detention and held for over a decade without charge or trial.
A verdict is expected today in the appeal by a British student against his conviction in Sharjah, UAE, which was based on a ‘confession’ extracted from him through torture.
The family of a British citizen kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia in June has called on the British government to secure his release as soon as possible.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the UK will continue to raise with UAE authorities the case of a British student who was tortured by police into signing a confession to drugs offences.
The case brought by a husband and wife subjected to a 2004 ‘rendition,’ jointly organised by MI6, the CIA and Libyan intelligence, is being heard today by the Court of Appeal in London.
Holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the only federal super-maximum security prison in the US amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, says Amnesty.
British judges have ruled that a proposed cut to legal aid known as the ‘residence test’ is “unlawful” and “discriminatory.”
MPs will tomorrow (9 July) vote on new legal aid cuts which could see torture victims denied their day in court, and leave the Government immune from legal challenges for wrongdoing overseas.
A surge in arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and deaths in police custody show a sharp deterioration in human rights in Egypt since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted, says Amnesty.
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