Tortured in a Saudi jail, Sampson to speak at SFU

November 17, 2005, vol. 34, no. 6



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In December 2000, biochemist William Sampson was dragged from the street outside his house in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Beaten and thrown into jail, he was tortured into confessing to a wave of car bombings he did not commit.

Sentenced to death in a secret trial, he was tortured for more than two years, until human rights organizations took up his cause. He was freed in 2003 and recently published, Confessions of an Innocent Man: Torture and Survival in a Saudi Prison.

The Vancouver stop on his book tour will raise funds for SFU's Canadian Students for Darfur campaign www.csfdarfur.net.

On Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. at Simon Fraser University Vancouver Sampson will read from his book and answer questions. Tickets for $10 ($8 for students) are available from SFU Vancouver information and registration services and the Simon Fraser student society on the Burnaby campus.

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