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Iraqi claims sexual abuse by British soldiers: report

AFP [1]
Monday, November 16, 2009

LONDON — British troops forced an Iraqi detainee to wear an orange jump suit and told him that he was to be executed at Guantanamo Bay camp, according to allegations published in a newspaper on Monday.

The 23-year-old man alleges he was beaten and sexually abused by female and male soldiers and flown to a British detention centre in southern Iraq which he believed was the “war on terror” camp in Cuba, the Independent said.

The man’s case is among allegations being investigated by the Ministry of Defence that soldiers tortured Iraqi civilians, the paper said.



The ministry said on Friday it has launched “formal investigations” into allegations of abuse, but they must be allowed to be carried out “without judgments being made prematurely”.

The Independent said 33 cases of alleged abuse had been reported, including claims of rape, the use of torture techniques and physical assault.

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