Producing Medico-legal Evidence: Documentation of Torture versus the Saudi Arabian State of Denial

Sofie Danneskiold-Samsøe, Kirstine Amris, Søren Torp-Pedersen, Inge Genefke

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Abstract

Five British men were detained and allegedly tortured in Saudi Arabia in 2000 and 2001. Two were sentenced to death and three were sentenced to 12 to 18 years of imprisonment. They received clemency in 2003 and were deported to England. After their homecoming, the men have unsuccessfully attempted to sue Saudi Arabian officials who had been responsible for their false accusations and human rights abuses. Saudi Arabia denies any form of torture and ill treatment of the five men, who maintain their allegations against the authorities responsible in Saudi Arabia. This article provides medical documentation of torture of the five British men by comparing: 1. Alleged torture methods, 2. Histories of immediate effects of torture, 3. Objective medical observations using clinical examinations as well as ultrasound scans of the victims' feet. The article concludes that there is a high degree of consistency between the claims of torture and observations, despite Saudi Arabian denial.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTorture
Volume17
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)181-195
Number of pages15
ISSN1018-8185
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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