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Men allegedly tortured by Saudi authorities cannot make a claim for compensation to Strasbourg

In 2001 a number of bomb attacks took place in Saudi Arabia, including in the capital Riyadh. 4 UK nationals – Ron Jones, Alexander Mitchell, William Sampson and Leslie Walker, were arrested in relation to separate bomb attacks. All 4 claim that they were tortured over a significant period of time. Eventually Mr Jones signed a confession admitting his involvement in one of the incidents.

A Guardian investigation revealed that Mr Jones could not have carried out the bomb attack. Upon their release, the men started legal proceedings in the UK against Saudi Arabia, its officials and the individuals. However, their claims were dismissed as all parties had availed of state immunity.

The men took their cases to the European Court of Human Rights. The Court dismissed their claims. It stated that the granting of immunity was within recognised rules of international law and did not constitute a breach of the right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the Convention.

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Criminal Law