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Iraq abuse "went on until July"

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Tuesday January 4, 10:27 PM

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sexual and physical abuse of Iraqi prisoners continued at least three months after the Abu Ghraib scandal was revealed, according to accounts by alleged victims published in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

 

Vanity Fair writer Donovan Webster, in a report on 60 hours of interviews he conducted with 10 former detainees including a 15-year-old boy, quoted several accounts of mistreatment that included Iraqi prisoners being sexually assaulted by American soldiers or being hooded, beaten, subjected to electric shock and kept in cages or crates.

 

One man said he was hung naked from handcuffs in a frigid room while soldiers threw buckets of ice water on him.

 

Webster added that several of the people he interviewed said their mistreatment took place in July, three months after the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal broke in late April.

 

The article published on Tuesday said the former detainees interviewed by Webster are suing two American companies that provided translators and interrogators to forces in Iraq and that their firsthand accounts comprise "hundreds, if not thousands, of separate Geneva Convention violations."

 

Vanity Fair said that the accounts of abuses were impossible to independently verify. The magazine quoted a U.S. military spokesman for detainee operations in Iraq as dismissing the assertions that prisoners were held illegally, kept in wooden boxes, handcuffed and blindfolded and subjected to sexual threats, abuse and assault.

 

In one example cited in the article, a 15-year-old Iraqi identified only as N said he was pulled from a wooden crate he'd been forced to crouch inside, wearing handcuffs and blacked-out ski goggles, for 11 days and taken to the bathroom against his will where he was sexually assaulted.

 

He said he was again sexually assaulted two days later in the prison north of Baghdad but let go later in the day when a soldier apologized to him for being illegally detained and gave him $50 (27 pounds). N had been held with several members of his family who also said they were mistreated.

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