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  • Zafar Khan
    Is the US military torturing Iraqis with electricity? Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq 8 January 2004 http://electroniciraq.net/news/1313.shtml 7 January 2003 --
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2004
      Is the US military torturing Iraqis with electricity?
      Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq
      8 January 2004


      7 January 2003 -- Sadiq Zoman Abrahim, 55 years old,
      was detained this past August in Kirkuk by US Soldiers
      during a home raid which produced no weapons. He was
      taken to the police office in Kirkuk, questioned by
      the Americans there, then transferred to Kirkuk
      Airport Detention Center.

      It was from this detention center he was transferred
      to Tikrit Airport Detention Center. While in this
      detention center Mr. Abrahim managed to find a man who
      was about to be released, and have him pass on to his
      family information about where he was.

      It was from this place that the Americans transferred
      him, comatose, to the hospital in Tikrit.

      Acting on this information the family searched the
      hospital, but was unable to find him. While there,
      hospital staff (who wish to remain anonymous) informed
      them they had someone in a coma by the name of Abrahim
      Sadiq Zoman, who was dropped off two days prior by the

      According to staff at the hospital, the only
      information provided by the Americans was the
      incorrect name and a medical report which said Mr.
      Abrahim had suffered a heart attack. They provided no
      information as to where he had been picked up, no
      address and no other personal information.

      It is documented by both the hospital and Iraqi Red
      Crescent in Tikrit (who took the photos of Mr.
      Abrahim), that the Americans dropped the comatose man
      off with the aforementioned information. Before his
      family had found him, the Iraqi Red Crescent had
      posted photos of Mr. Abrahim on buses leaving Tikrit
      in hopes of someone recognizing him, as noone in the
      city knew who he was.

      In the photos taken by the Red Crescent, Mr. Abrahim
      appears with long hair and an unshaven, scruffy face.
      The staff at the hospital shaved him, and cleaned up
      his ragged appearance.

      The doctors at the hospital in Tikrit, after
      performing diagnostic tests, informed the family that
      Mr. Abrahim had suffered massive head trauma,
      electrocution, and other bruises on his arms. An EKG
      proved that his heart was functioning perfectly. The
      family was told that he was in an unrecoverable state
      and would be in a coma for the rest of his life from
      the obvious trauma suffered.

      The family decided to take him to Haitha, where CT and
      CAT scans proved the man was in a hopeless condition.
      In despair, the family then took Mr. Abrahim to
      Baghdad, where the same tests verified his vegetative
      state as being permanent.

      Now, today, three months later Mr. Abrahim lies
      dormant, his eyes staring blankly at the ceiling,
      blinking slowly from time to time, yet completely
      unresponsive to any stimuli.

      This horrible situation raises many questions.

      If the Americans knew who he was and where he was when
      they detained him, why did they fail to provide this
      information to the hospital when Mr. Abrahim was
      dropped off?

      Why did the Americans fail to notify the hospital of
      Mr. Abrahim having an accident if there had been one?

      How do you explain the massive head trauma, the burns
      on the bottoms of his feet caused by electrocution and
      bruises on his arms, if he had only suffered a heart
      attack as the medical report provided by the Americans

      According the Coalition Joint Task Force 7 Coalition
      Press Information Center, in a press release dated
      June 30, 2003,

      "The recent stories of Coalition forces torturing
      Iraqi detainees are false. It is not Coalition policy
      to violate the human rights of Iraqi detainees, held
      in custody."

      US Army Col. Marc Warren, Coalition forces' top Judge
      Advocate adds,

      "U.S. Forces scrupulously adhere to the rule of law in
      the conduct of military operations. It is the
      obligation of every soldier to adhere to the law of
      war, which includes respect for human rights."

      The family saw Mr. Abrahim in perfect health upon
      being detained by the Americans. He was in their
      custody the entire time until dropped off at the
      hospital in Tikrit.

      No firearms, bombs, or other incriminating evidence
      was ever found by searches conducted in the home of
      Mr. Abrahim upon his detention. His family states that
      they have no idea why he was detained.

      Even if the worst case scenario was true: that Mr.
      Abrahim was an active member of the resistance and/or
      a high ranking Ba'ath Party member, does this justify
      being tortured by electrical shock and being
      bludgeoned into a coma?

      Is this not a violation of international law?

      Should not he have been held for a trial to determine
      whether he was innocent or guilty?

      Today Sadiq Zoman Abrahim lies staring at the ceiling,
      eyes wide open, in Haitha, Iraq.

      His family is left sitting with him, with nothing else
      but unanswered questions from the CPA.

      Dahr Jamail is a freelance journalist and political
      activist from Anchorage, Alaska. He has come to Iraq
      to bear witness and write about how the US occupation
      is affecting the people of Iraq, since the media in
      the US has in large part, he believes, failed to do

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