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US contractor arrested for brutally torturing workers at his shady Iraqi business, Feds Say

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A US contractor who ran an arms factory in northern Iraq was arrested on Thursday on federal charges that he kidnapped and tortured a Kurdish employee for 39 days, suffocating him. breathing until he lost consciousness, shocking the man with a gun and threatening to chop off his finger. with a bolt cutter.

That is according to an alternative indictment returned this week by a Pennsylvania grand jury, which details a series of gruesome charges that could land 53-year-old Ross William Roggio in prison for 20 years. Roggio is Second US citizen ever charged violate a The 1994 Act made it illegal for Americans to torture abroad. New fees based on a The 37-count indictment against Roggio in 2018 accused him of illegally exporting gun parts and tools to Iraq, which alone could put the resident of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, out for up to 705 years.

“The horrific acts of violence that Ross Roggio directed and perpetrated on his victims are flagrant human rights violations that will not be tolerated,” FBI Assistant Director Luis Quesada said in a statement released today. Friday. “This alternative indictment emphasizes that the United States represents the rule of law and will be held accountable to anyone who commits torture, no matter where it takes place.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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