Tuesday, October 25, 2005

 

ACLU Reports 21 Homicides in U.S. Custody

`At least 21 detainees who died while being held in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed, many during or after interrogations, according to an analysis of Defense Department data by the American Civil Liberties Union. [..]

In one case, the report said, a detainee died after being smothered during interrogation by military intelligence officers in November 2003. In another case cited by the report, a prisoner died of asphyxiation and blunt force injuries after he was left standing, shackled to the top of a door frame, with a gag in his mouth.

One Afghan civilian, believed by the ACLU to be Abdul Wahid, died from “multiple blunt force injuries” in 2003 at a base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, according to an autopsy report provided by the Defense Department.’




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