Suffocated and electrocuted until he confessedIn 1999, Uzbekistani security forces torturedjournalist Muhammad Bekzhanov until he confessed to anti-state offences. At his trial, the judge dismissed Muhammad’s allegations of torture and used the confession to sentence him to 15 years in prison. Muhammad is now one of the world’s longest imprisoned journalists. He was due to be released in 2014, but he remains in jail,sentenced to nearly five more years.
In July 2012, Yecenia Armenta was taken into police custody and brutally tortured into confessing to the murder of her husband. Her attackers beat her for hours, raped her and threatened to kill her children until she could take no more. Her ‘confession’ was used to send Yecenia to prison.