Maliki Denies Claims That Iraq Prison Secretly Torturing Prisoners
April 28, 2010
According to the report, prisoners are regularly given electric shocks, badly beaten, and even sodomized by the people interrogating them.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have published further reports, and urged for something to be done about the horrific abuse that is allegedly a continuation of the reported treatment of prisoners at other secret prisons, such as Abu Ghraib.
But Maliki denies the claims.
“There are no secret prisons in Iraq at all,” he said in an interview with Al-Iraqiya TV.
“[This is] a smear campaign in which embassies and media organizations took part and it was perpetuated by Iraqi politicians because it serves their interests to say that there are secret prisons.”
He says that Muthanna exists and is publicly known, with seven judges working at the prison, and no torture authorized by the state.
However, Human Rights Watch says the prison has only recently come to light, and that prior to that hundreds of prisoners were kept there.
Since the prison became known, 300 men have been transferred to other facilities, and the human rights group interviewed 42 of them as part of their investigation.
Each time the story was the same: They were hung upside-down and secured by two bars at the calf and shin, and then beaten with clubs and heavy cables. They had plastic bags put over their heads to suffocate them repeatedly. They also say that sexual abuse was a regular occurrence, and that most had been raped.