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    Photo Gallery: US War Crimes in Iraq http://www.albasrah.net/images/war_crimes/index.htm === Iraqi detainees tell of torture at an Iraqi detention centre By
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 6, 2005
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      Photo Gallery: US War Crimes in Iraq

      http://www.albasrah.net/images/war_crimes/index.htm

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      Iraqi detainees tell of torture at an Iraqi detention centre
      By Caroline Hawley
      BBC News, Baghdad
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/4465194.stm


      Detainees told of beatings and being given electric shocks
      Prisoners at an Iraqi detention centre opened up to journalists have
      told the BBC of widespread abuse.

      One man said he had been whipped with a cable and then had salt rubbed
      in the wound, while another said his captors had tried to pull out his
      toenails.

      The BBC was also shown inside a Baghdad bunker at the centre of a
      scandal over detainee abuse by Iraqi forces.

      More than 170 prisoners were found there last week, showing signs of
      malnourishment and torture.

      A government-ordered inquiry is under way and Interior Minister Bayan
      Jabr has said torture will not be tolerated.

      But he has also brushed aside reports of abuse, saying they have been
      exaggerated.

      There are calls for an independent inquiry from Iraqis who do not
      trust the government to investigate itself. There have been no
      findings yet.

      The UN has expressed concern over the number of Iraqi detainees being
      held and the government faces growing international pressure over
      their treatment.

      Overcrowded

      The prisoners have now been moved from the interior ministry bunker in
      Baghdad, as have any traces of what they went through.


      Many raised their hands when asked if they had been tortured

      But the smell of overcrowding still hung in the air in some of the
      four rooms shown to journalists.

      The general in charge admitted that some of the detainees had had skin
      rashes and diarrhoea.

      He acknowledged that one of them was paralysed, although he said that
      had happened before the prisoner arrived at the bunker.

      At the other detention centre, one prisoner said he had had electric
      shocks to his genitals.

      When we asked who else had been tortured, there was a big show of hands.

      Even in a facility opened up to journalists, it was so crowded there
      was barely room for all the prisoners to sit, let alone lie down.

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