Court saves tortured Nigerian from deportation
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
(10-26) 13:18 PDT
That prompted an indignant ruling Tuesday from a federal appeals court in
Josephine Edu "cannot be forced to choose between her conscience and torture," the Ninth
Edu, 47, who lives in the Los Angeles area, entered the
Her appeal relied on an international treaty that prohibits a person from being deported to a country where he or she is likely to be tortured.
Edu, trained as a nurse and midwife in the Niger Delta, joined a politically active group of doctors and nurses as a young woman. When the group staged demonstrations calling for jobs and government services, Edu said, police responded violently.
She testified that officers beat her at a peaceful rally in 1983, then took her to a barracks and raped her during another protest a few days later.
Military officers sexually assaulted her at three subsequent demonstrations, Edu said, the last one in December 1987, when a high-ranking officer beat her unconscious, raped her after she awoke and told subordinates to dump her at a hospital.
That contradicts the purpose of the treaty against torture, the federal appeals court said Tuesday.
"We reject the (immigration board's) decision that in order to avoid torture she must simply give up an activity that most countries (including
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