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Perris torture case: Home dubbed 'House of Horrors' up for auction

Perris torture case: Home dubbed 'House of Horrors' up for auctionUP FOR AUCTION: The Riverside County home dubbed a house of horrors is on the auction block.



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Aide to Mohammed bin Salman 'supervised torture of female prisoner'

Aide to Mohammed bin Salman 'supervised torture of female prisoner'A top aide to Saudi Arabia's crown prince, fired for his role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, personally oversaw the torture of at least one detained female activist earlier this year, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Saud al-Qahtani was a royal adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman until October, when he was sacked and then sanctioned by the US Treasury over the Washington Post columnist's murder. Now three sources, briefed on the activists' treatment, say a group of men subjected this woman and at least three others to sexual harassment, electrocution and flogging between May and August at an unofficial holding facility in Jeddah. They described the group of about six men as distinct from the regular interrogators the women saw and said they belonged to the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, which Mr Qahtani headed at the time, or to state security. Mr Qahtani was present when at least one of the women was tortured, two of the sources said. Reuters has been unable to reach Mr Qahtani since he was sacked in October. Portraits of Saudi King Salman (R) and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are displayed in Riyadh Credit: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images A Saudi official said the allegations of mistreatment and torture of the female detainees were "false … and have no connection to the truth." "The detainees were detained based on accusations related to harming the security and stability of the kingdom," the official said in response to questions from Reuters. Their legal rights were being respected and they were receiving medical and social care, family visits and had the right to an attorney, the official said. The women are among more than a dozen prominent activists arrested since May amid a broader crackdown targeting clerics and intellectuals. Eleven women are still being held, activists say, including the four alleged to have been tortured. The allegations come as Riyadh tries to get past the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a long-time royal insider who became a critic of Prince Mohammed and went into self-exile in the United States last year. Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, damaging the crown prince's reputation and opening Riyadh up to the threat of sanctions. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said last month at least three of the activists — most of whom had agitated for the right to drive and an end to a male guardianship system — were tortured. They did not report Mr Qahtani's involvement. The sources, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, told Reuters that Mr Qahtani was in the room on several occasions when one of the four detained activists was subjected to kissing, groping and electrocution. He made threats of rape and murder to the woman, the sources said. At least two other detainees endured sexual insults, flogging and electric shocks that turned one of the women's fingers blue, the sources said. Captors also made another woman kiss a male detainee while they watched, one of the sources said. Reuters could not determine whether Mr Qahtani was in the room during the episodes with those three other detainees, but the sources said all of the women's tormentors were from "Saud's group". A third source said Mr Qahtani addressed several of these women in May when they were initially transferred to Jeddah from Riyadh, telling them the penalty for treason was 20 years in prison or the death penalty. 



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N. Korea hospital director rejects Warmbier torture charges

N. Korea hospital director rejects Warmbier torture chargesThe director of the North Korean hospital that treated Otto Warmbier, the US student who died after being held in the country, rejected fresh allegations that he was tortured in custody. The 22-year-old was jailed in the North for more than a year and was released in a comatose state in 2017 but died shortly after returning home. The director of the Pyongyang Friendship Hospital — which treated Warmbier — slammed the claims as a “total distortion of the truth” in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency late Saturday.



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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claims

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claimsA missing Saudi journalist may have recorded the moments he was allegedly tortured and killed on his Apple Watch, a Turkish newspaper reported. Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, went missing more than a week ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have said they believe the 59-year-old was murdered there by a 15-member Saudi “assassination squad”.



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Turkey 'has recordings of Jamal Khashoggi's torture and murder in Saudi consulate'

Turkey 'has recordings of Jamal Khashoggi's torture and murder in Saudi consulate'Turkish intelligence reportedly have audio and video recordings from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Jamal Khashoggi’s Saudi captors can be heard interrogating, torturing, and ultimately murdering him.  US officials have been told by their Turkish counterparts that the recordings prove beyond doubt that the Saudi journalist was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi operatives, according to the Washington Post.     Turkey has not released the recordings nor officially confirmed that they exist, although pro-government Turkish media has alluded to them several times in recent days. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied that it was involved in Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2 and has insisted that he left the consulate safely after filing paperwork related to his upcoming marriage.  However, as anger towards Riyadh mounted in Washington and Turkish officials claimed to have comprehensive evidence of Saudi guilt, there were some indications the Saudi position may be shifting.  Turkey announced on Thursday that it had accepted a Saudi offer to form a joint investigation into the case, a sign of a possible thaw between the two sides after more than a week of standoff.  The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khalid bin Salman, also abruptly returned home for consultations. “We expect some information when he gets back,” said Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department.  The consul-general's residence, where police suspect the body may have been disposed of Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis On the recordings, the Saudi men can reportedly be heard questioning Mr Khashoggi in Arabic.   “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered,” one person told the Post.  The recordings also reportedly show that members of the 15-man squad went from the Saudi consulate building to the nearby residence of the Saudi consul-general.  Turkish investigators believe that Mr Khashoggi’s body may have been disposed of at the residence.  Turkish media reported that police were also interested in a Saudi diplomatic van which went for a long drive on the eastern side of Istanbul, where there is less CCTV coverage, on the day of the disappearance.   The fallout from the journalist’s disappearance continued to batter the reformist image of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who has presented himself as a modernising force in the conservative kingdom.  Turkey has leaked CCTV footage of the Saudi team in Istanbul Credit: Sabah Newspaper / AFP Sir Richard Branson said he was suspending business dealings with the Saudi government until Mr Khashoggi’s fate is known.  “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government,” he said in a statement.  A number of high-profile media figures have pulled out of Crown Prince Mohammed’s annual conference, nicknamed “Davos in the Desert”, amid the allegations.  A tech executive and a former US energy secretary both stepped back from an advisory board on a new high-tech city Crown Prince Mohammed is building. 



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Newt Gingrich: Kavanaugh Is Being Put Through ‘Almost Like A Medieval Torture’

Newt Gingrich: Kavanaugh Is Being Put Through ‘Almost Like A Medieval Torture’Newt Gingrich, appearing on Fox News on Tuesday night, compared the sexual



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Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommate

Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommateHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death was executed Wednesday evening for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel.



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Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutors

Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutorsA judge on Thursday ordered a married couple to stand trial on 49 counts of torture, false imprisonment and abuse over the treatment of 13 siblings who were found imprisoned and starving in their suburban California home, prosecutors said. David and Louise Turpin were bound over for trial after a two-day hearing in Riverside County Superior Court in which the court heard tape of an emotional 911 call by a 17-year-old girl who climbed out a window and dialed police on a borrowed and deactivated cell phone, said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Officers who went to the Turpins’ home in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, found 12 siblings ranging in age from two to 29 inside, suffering from malnourishment, muscle wasting and other signs of severe abuse.



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Torture case: 911 audio reveals harrowing details of alleged child abuse

Torture case: 911 audio reveals harrowing details of alleged child abuseA 17-year-old girl, one of the 13 children held captive and tortured by her parents in California, told a 911 operator about the horrors she experienced. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.



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US man sentenced to death for torture killing of 8-year-old

US man sentenced to death for torture killing of 8-year-oldA US man was sentenced to death on Thursday for the torture killing of his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son, who was beaten, starved and forced to sleep in a closet until his death in 2013. The boy’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the death of her son, Gabriel. The pair were arrested in 2013 after paramedics were called to a home in Palmdale, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, and found Gabriel unconscious and with a broken skull as well as broken ribs and BB pellets lodged in his groin.



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