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James Cottle





18 years

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Saudi Arabia

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Summary of Case:

"James Cottle was one of the Saudi Six. They were British expatriates living in Saudi Arabia wrongly convicted of being involved in a bombing in Saudi Arabia. All six co-defendants denied they voluntarily confessed on Saudi television to the bombing. All the men claim to have been tortured, and all six confessions used similar words. Cottle doesn't speak Arabic, and he wasn't provided with an interpreter fluent enough to have translated the confession he allegedly made from English to Arabic. Cottle was granted a royal pardon on August 8, 2003 and he was immediately deported to the United Kingdom."

Conviction Caused By:

"False confession - he was tortured and since the interpreter translating his alleged confession speaks poor English, it is unknown if he actually confessed to the bombings on Saudi television, or if the 'interpreter' simply said he did. The bombings continued after the arrest of Cottle and his 5 codefendants so they obviously weren't the bombers."

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Information Source 1:

"Suspects in Saudi blasts Claim Their Innocence: as bombings continue, some question expatriates 'confessions,'" Susan Taylor Martin (St. Petersburg Times), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11-5-02, p. A4."

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"Saudi six 'left to rot', Paul Harris (staff), The Guardian (London, UK), Feb. 16, 2003 "

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"Greed and torture at the House of Saud, Staff, The Observer, Nov. 24, 2002 "

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"Saudis release eight Westerners jailed in bombings, Ed Johnson, AP London, August 9, 2003"

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"Saudis free bomb blast Britons, Staff and Agencies, The Guardian, London UK, August 8, 2003"

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"The men who were imprisoned, Staff, The Guardian, London UK, August 9, 2003, http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1015137,00.html"

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