Wednesday, November 1, 2023

US Citizen Convicted of Torture in Iraq


An American man has been convicted of torture in a US court for the second time ever, according to the Justice Department. Ross Roggio, 54, was found guilty of torture and other crimes in federal court in Pennsylvania on Friday. In 2015, Roggio was developing a factory to produce M-4 automatic assault rifles in the Kurdistan region of Iraq using parts illegally exported from the United States. When one of his employees raised questions about the project, Roggio arranged for Kurdish soldiers to kidnap him and detain him at a military camp for 39 days. During this time, Roggio allegedly led multiple interrogation and torture sessions. He now faces possible life in prison. The case marks only the second time an American has been prosecuted under the 1994 statute on torture.

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