NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged she was pressured into a false confession by the Central Bank of Kenya, saying the alleged coercion was not criminal.
In a ruling published Thursday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture John Dalhuisen said he “cannot conclude that the plaintiff’s alleged forced confession constituted torture.”
The complaint filed in 2015 by the woman, who requested anonymity because of her status as a victim of human trafficking, said she was forced to confess in exchange for $50,000, but she was told she would get another $50 on the spot if she cooperated.
The Central Bank denied the allegations and said it did not pressure anyone to confess.
The lawsuit said the central bank was “unwilling to give credence to the claims made by the plaintiff.”
The lawsuit said Dalhuisson’s allegations of forced confessions were false and that the central banker was not aware of the woman’s status as victim of trafficking.