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torture

see HUMAN RIGHTS.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

TORTURE, punishments. A punishment inflicted in some countries on supposed criminals to induce them to confess their crimes, and to reveal their associates.
     2. This absurd and tyrannical practice never was in use in the United States; for no man is bound to accuse himself. An attempt to torture a person accused of crime, in order to extort a confession, is an indictable offence. 2 Tyler, 380. Vide Question.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Two lackeys of the official torturer bathed the bleeding shoulders of the patient, anointed them with some unguent which immediately closed all the wounds, and threw upon his back a sort of yellow vestment, in cut like a chasuble.
But little by little that patience which had borne up under the lash of the torturer, yielded and gave way before all these stings of insects.
"Why, besides, you called me a 'torturer,' for which I can summon you at the police-station at any time for insulting behaviour."
Yet there is more than ample evidence that most torturers are normal people, that most of us could be the barbarian of our dreams as easily as we could be the victim, that for many perpetrators, torture is a job and nothing more."
One of these is that my torturers forced me to commit some horrible acts, and they videotaped and photographed me committing these acts," she said.
The four torturers, aged about 12, held down the terrified pet and took turns to shine the infra-red beam - 100 times stronger than the sun's rays - into his eyes.
Torturers favor the new devices because they are easy to use, and tend not to leave obvious or lasting marks.
As President Clinton and his Administration sleep peacefully, many of us fight to stay awake--to protect ourselves from the recurring visits from our torturers.
In the holy month, the people want to pray to Allah, they are unable to do because of the torturers inflicted by the continuous load shedding.
According to a Turkish newspaper, Khashoggi's torturers cut off his fingers during interrogation and later beheaded and dismembered his body.
SPECIALISTS are waiting to hear whether a judge will allow them to carry out major dental surgery on a mentally-ill Syrian refugee living in the North East who is thought to have watched torturers pull out his brother's teeth.
According to details, Sindh CM has set up an inquiry committee to get to the alleged torturers of the boy, make up for the parents' grievances and providing justice to the victim.