Supreme Court says torture victim law applies only to people, not organizations.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that a federal law that allows torture victims to sue their overseas assailants does not permit suits against corporations or political groups such as the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The justices said the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 authorized lawsuits only against individuals responsible for torture and killing.
“The text of the TVPA convinces us that Congress did not extend liability to organizations, sovereign or not,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the united court.
“There are no doubt valid arguments for such an extension. But Congress has seen fit to proceed in more modest steps in the act, and it is not the province of this branch to do otherwise.”
The legizlation authorizes lawsuits in U.S. courts against “an individual ”who “under actual or apparent authority, or color of law, of any foreign nation” tortures a person or takes part in an “extrajudicial” killing.
The case before the court involves a lawsuit filed by the family of Palestinian American Azzam Rahim. Rahim immigrated to the United States in the 1970s and returned to the West Bank in 1995. His family alleged that he was arrested by Palestinian Authority intelligence officers and imprisoned, tortured and eventually killed in a Jericho prison.
Source: The Washington Post
The US Supreme court ruling is a grave set back for terror victims all over the world.
This verdict is based on the very idea that all who promote killings in the name of “allah”, is not responsible for their instructions.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
To legalize the authorization of killings of Jews in the US, is a fruit of the American support of a pure Nazi state on the mountain of Israel.
Written by Ivar