U.N. Investigates Jordan Torture Allegations

A United Nations special investigator has arrived in Jordan to look into allegations of torture in the country's police stations and prisons. Manfred Nowak will spend a week in Jordan, where he will confer with legislators and judges, along with representatives of non-governmental organizations. He'll also meet with alleged victims of abuse.

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A special United Nations envoy has arrived in Amman, Jordan, to investigate allegations of torture in that country's police stations and prisons. Manfred Nowak is his name. He will confer with Jordanian legislators and judges, along with independent groups, and he will also meet with alleged victims of abuse.

Last month, Amnesty International issued a report sharply critical of Jordan's police. It accused them of torture and forced confessions. A Jordanian official said some of the Amnesty charges might be accurate, but expressed reservations about the large number of cases cited in the report.

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