The Law, Crime,
Torture and Punishment - Water Torture
There were no laws or rules
to protect the treatment of prisoners
who faced torture or punishment, such as the Water Torture. No matter what the type of torture or punishment
was used it was seen as a totally legitimate means for
justice to extract confessions, obtain the names of accomplices, obtain
testimonies or confessions or to impose a penalty, sanctioned by law for a wrong committed.The following description provides facts and information about the Water Torture.
Information about the Water Torture
In France torture by drowning was practised and described as follows:
In Paris, for a long time,
the Medieval Water Torture was in use; this was the most easily borne, and the
least dangerous. A person undergoing it was tied to a board which was
supported horizontally on two trestles. By means of a horn, acting as a
funnel, and whilst his nose was being pinched, so as to force him to
swallow, they slowly poured four coquemars (about nine pints) of water
into his mouth; this was for the ordinary torture. For the
extraordinary, double that quantity was poured in . When the torture was
ended, the victim was untied, "and taken to be warmed in the kitchen,"
says the old text.