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article imageAmnesty urges Iraq to investigate secret prison allegations

By Andrew Moran     Apr 21, 2010 in World
Baghdad - Since the recent allegations made against the Prime Minister's government of a secret prison in Baghdad where as many as 100 Sunnis were tortured, the international community has responded, urging Iraq to investigate.
On Monday, Digital Journal reported that a secret prison has been revealed in the city of Baghdad where many were arrested without a warrant, detained for months, tortured and extorted. More than 400 Sunni men were imprisoned and around 100 were tortured.
The latest report prompted Amnesty International to urge Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to investigate the allegations made against his Shiite-dominant security forces, according to AFP. Amnesty was quite concerned that the Prime Minister claims that he is unaware of the prisons.
“The existence of secret jails indicates that military units in Iraq are allowed to commit human rights abuses unchecked. Prime Minister Maliki's claim that he was unaware of abuses cannot exonerate the authorities from their responsibilities and their duty to ensure the safety of detainees,” said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
Sahraoui added, notes the Amnesty International USA website, that al-Maliki has consistently stated he would investigate alleged incidents of torture and other human rights abuses committed in Iraq “but no outcome of such investigations has ever been made public.”
Global Research reports that al-Maliki said he would shut down the prison and have its officers arrested. Around 75 prisoners were released and 275 have been sent to regular prisons.
However, Human Rights Minister Wejdan Mikhail denied on state television that the prison was a secret prison “because there are two judges and five inspectors from the ministry of justice inside the prison.”
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