October 8, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone, the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Mexican government has published new sentencing guidelines that will double prison sentences for kidnapping crimes. This increases the minimum sentence for such crimes from 20 to 40 years, and the maximum from 50 to 140 years for those who kill their victims. Other factors that affect sentence ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday criticized the militant group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April and announced plans to sell them and "marry them off." Spokesperson ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case ...[read more]
March 12, 2014
by William Helbling
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday upheld guilty verdicts against three US defendants in the 2003 extraordinary rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect. The three Americans are CIA agents who participated in the kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa ...[read more]
December 5, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
A team of Dutch and Swedish researchers released a report on Wednesday which concluded that senior military officers in Eritrea are kidnapping Eritrean children and smuggling them into Sudan. The report, entitled "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond," was released and presented during a ...[read more]
November 27, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
General Amadou Haya Sanogo, the leader of the March 2012 coup that plunged Mali into civil war, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of murder, complicity to murder, assassination and kidnapping. According to one of the arresting soldiers, Sanogo had repeatedly ignored summons by the Malian ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Lauren Laing
About thirty aides to Muammar Gaddafi, including his son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, were indicted Thursday by a Libyan court for a list of offenses allegedly committed during the 2011 revolt in the country. The charges levied against them include murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, ...[read more]
September 12, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The office of Italy's president on Thursday confirmed that it has received a pardon request from a former Milan Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief who was sentenced to nine years in prison for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. ...[read more]

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