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U.S. Ruling: PA, PLO Canít be Charged in Torture Death
Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/4/12 | Maayana Miskin

Posted on 04/20/2012 3:29:02 AM PDT by Eleutheria5

The Palestinian Authority and PLO cannot be sued for the death by torture of a man killed in PA custody, the United States Supreme Court has ruled. The court found that the Torture Victim Protection Act allows for civil suits against individuals only, and not against organizations.

The family of PA resident Azzam Rahim, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had sought to sue the PA and PLO for Rahim’s death in 1995.

The family alleges that Rahim was tortured to death in PA custody. The PA and PLO have denied the charges.

In a unanimous ruling, justices upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Protection Act does not apply. “We hold that the term ‘individual’ as used in the act encompasses only natural persons,” the court stated. “Consequently, the act does not impose liability against organizations.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: pa; plo; scotus; torture
So as long as the torturer wears a hood to avoid identification, there's nobody to sue.

Is this cowardice, stupidity, or both?

1 posted on 04/20/2012 3:29:07 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

“We hold that the term ‘individual’ as used in the act encompasses only natural persons,” the court stated. “Consequently, the act does not impose liability against organizations.”

Yeah, but they could interpret “interstate commerce” as applying to a man growing a marijuana plant in his own home.


2 posted on 04/20/2012 4:13:52 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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3 posted on 04/20/2012 5:20:11 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Eleutheria5

Nope.. just the law.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 8:13:55 AM PDT by Almondjoy
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