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U.N. Expert Slams Jordan Over Torture

Torture in Jordan is widespread and routine, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Tuesday.


Torture is applied to extract confessions from terror suspects while security forces enjoy impunity, said U.N. special rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, according to Reuters.


He called on the Jordanian government to investigate allegations and change domestic laws.


According to his report, torture in Jordan entails a punishment of a maximum prison term of three years, but no Jordanian official has been prosecuted for the crime. The report was based partly on private interviews with 40 detainees in the country and several cabinet ministers.


He accused authorities of denying him access to inmates at the General Intelligence Directorate and hiding incriminating evidence.