Five Bomb Suspects Say Police Tortured Them
Five suspected Islamic militants accused of orchestrating a devastating car bomb that killed 12 people outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi told a judge that police extracted their confessions by torture.
Denying responsibility for the bombing, the defendants told the judge they were being used as “scapegoats” to ingratiate Pakistan with the U.S. government. If convicted, they could be sentenced to death.
“We never gave any voluntary statements of confession,” defendant Mohammed Hanif said.