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British court limits state immunity in torture lawsuit

[JURIST] Britain's Court of Appeal said Thursday that Britain's State Immunity Act would not prevent four British men (one of whom is also a Canadian citizen) from going ahead with a lawsuit against men they say tortured them into giving false confessions to bombings in Saudi Arabia. The Court did rule that the government of Saudi Arabia was protected from lawsuits in foreign courts under the Act. According to the Court's judgment a foreign state cannot have an "absolute right to claim immunity in respect of civil claims against its officials for systematic torture, even committed outside the country." BBC News has more. Canadian Press has additional coverage.

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