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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Human Rights Watch Condemns Russian "Justice" System

Human Rights Watch has issued a report detailing how Russian prosecutors railroaded two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay that the U.S. foolishly released to Russia's clutches when Russia claimed they were terrorists. The sham trials that resulted where pathetic spectacles of the classic Neo-Soviet variety, based on "confessions" that were beaten out of the suspects. HRW stated: "Police in Russia frequently use torture and ill-treatment to extract confessions." It concluded that torture is so omnipresent in Russia that it disqualifies the country from receiving extradited prisoners under the Convention Against Torture to which the U.S. is a signatory. Reading the article, one has the marked impression of a barbaric, third-world political system, not the advanced system of a G-8 country.

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