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Ron Jones - Saudi Torture
The Riyadh skyline
BBC Radio 4's Law in Action was broadcast on Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 at 1600 BST.

In 2002 tax adviser Ron Jones was working in Saudi Arabia for a petro-chemical company. One day, after browsing in a book shop in Riyadh, he was injured in a bomb blast. Mr Jones says he was taken from the hospital bed, imprisoned and then tortured until he confessed to the bombing. He was held for 67 days and suffered injuries that forced him to give up work and have left him with pain and panic attacks.

When he returned to Britain, the Foreign Office helped him receive treatment and counselling. But when he decided that he wanted to try and sue the Saudi Government and the perpetrator of the torture, things changed.

He says that they washed their hands of him. When his case came to court, the Government intervened in the case, effectively arguing that the Saudi Government and the torturer should be immune from prosecution. The British government said it was intervening only to preserve the principle of state immunity and not to condone torture.

Ron Jones explains his dismay at their behaviour and solicitor Tamsin Allen outlines the problems of reconciling human rights with international law.

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