January 27, 2012 |
BENGHAZI, Libya - Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata, saying torture was so rampant some detainees were taken there for care only to make them fit for further interrogation, the group said Thursday. The announcement was compounded by a statement from Amnesty International, which said it had recorded widespread prisoner abuse in other cities as well, leading to the death of several inmates. The allegations, which come more than three months after former leader Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed, were an embarrassment to the governing National Transitional Council, which is struggling to establish its authority in the divided nation.
January 22, 2012 |
The Leopard By Jo Nesbø Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett Knopf. 517 pp. $26.95 The horror, the horror. Joseph Conrad knew the savagery simmering in the heart of darkness, and Norwegian noir-master Jo Nesbø returns and returns to it because his mission is to show readers just how depraved human beings can be, and how noirer than noir a Norwegian author can be in this, our global village of crime fiction. At the heart of The Leopard is not a leopard, but a Leopold's Apple - a torture device designed by a 19th-century Belgian to scare the diamonds out of recalcitrant black warlords in the Congo.
January 18, 2012 |
LONDON - An extremist cleric described as one of Europe's leading al-Qaeda operatives should not be deported to face terrorism charges in Jordan because of the risk that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him, Europe's highest court ruled Tuesday. After a six-year legal battle, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that deporting Abu Qatada from Britain, where he is in prison custody, would "give rise to a flagrant denial of justice. " Abu Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, is an extremist Muslim preacher from Jordan who has been described in Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaeda figure in Europe.
December 21, 2011 |
IN A matter-of-fact voice, and wearing a long, straight black wig that hid the severe injuries and scars to her head, a niece of Linda Ann Weston described to a judge yesterday how she had been tortured over the years. Beatrice Weston said that she was beaten, burned, banished to live in locked closets and forced to prostitute herself. When they lived in Texas, Linda Weston called men on a party line and would "have them come up [to Weston's house] and make me have sex with them," Beatrice testified yesterday.
December 13, 2011 |
Christopher Durang, America's self-appointed satirist, the theater's oldest living teenager, wrote New City Stage's current show, Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them two years ago. An assault on the "war on terror," this is the perfect demonstration of how short the shelf life of political humor is. On his worst day, Stephen Colbert wouldn't foist off stuff this stale on us. The plot begins when Felicity (Ginger Dayle, the cast's...
November 21, 2011 |
After the arrest last month of Linda Ann Weston, who is accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a Tacony basement, District Attorney Seth Williams said authorities would file as many charges against her as possible. With an FBI investigation under way, law enforcement sources said it appeared increasingly likely that Weston, 51, would be charged under a 2009 federal hate-crimes law that allows for prosecution of those who target the disabled. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, passed in 2009, expanded the earlier hate-crimes law to include victims' sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
November 4, 2011 |
A Camden man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the torture killing of 23-year-old rival gangmember last year in Camden, authorities said today. Lance Fulton, 21, admitted to kicking and punching Michael Hawkins during the Feb. 21, 2010, assault in a home on the 500 block of Berkley Street, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. He also held Hawkins down while others assaulted him, he said. In Camden County Superior Court on Thursday, Fulton said the group believed Hawkins had stolen liquor from the home of another defendant in the case, according to authorities.
October 21, 2011 |
Oscar winner Diane Keaton, 65, starred in some of Woody Allen 's best comedies, including Annie Hall , Sleeper , and Love and Death . She also shared his bed for a couple of years in the early '70s. Their love wasn't always smooth, Keaton says in a new memoir excerpted by Vogue. "I was his endearing oaf," Keaton writes in Then Again . "I had him pegged as a cross between a 'White Thing' and the cockroach you couldn't kill. " Yikes! Keaton says she was besotted with Woody long before they met in '68: "Our entire family used to gather around the TV set and watch him on Johnny Carson . He was so hip. " Keaton and Woody's on-screen neurotic energy wasn't fake.
October 15, 2011 |
Earl Huff could hardly contain his anger in court. To his right was the man who had pleaded guilty to being part of a gang that had killed his niece. To his left was the prosecutor who had agreed to a plea deal that would spare the defendant a possible life term. Huff said he had to resist the urge to put his hands on the murder defendant. But he also took aim on Friday at Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Mary Alison Albright. "You let us down," he said, turning to her. "You made that deal.