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Prisoners ‘Forced to Crawl Over Glass’
IRAQI prisoners were forced to crawl through broken glass and wear women's
sanitary products, according to the female soldier at the centre of the
Baghdad jail abuse scandal.
Private Lynndie England, pictured pointing at a naked Iraqi prisoner and
holding another by a leash, also reportedly told investigators inmates at
the Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, were beaten and had wounds stitched by
untrained guards with needle and thread.
Other former guards at the jail told how a hooded
detainee died after being taken to a shower room for interrogation by the
Details of the damning statement given to investigators emerged on the eve
of the first court martial of seven soldiers charged over abuses at the
Specialist Jeremy Sivits, 24, is expected to appear before a special court
martial in Baghdad today and plead guilty after telling investigators the
abuse was the work of rogue soldiers and not ordered from above. Most of the
other soldiers implicated in the scandal claim they were told by military
intelligence officers to "soften up" prisoners for interrogation.
The US military, which faced international outrage earlier this month after
photographs showed US soldiers humiliating and abusing Iraqi detainees at
Abu Ghraib, has maintained the abuse was carried out by a small number of
soldiers and that all allegations of abuse are promptly and thoroughly
However, in a statement by investigators, obtained by the Los Angeles Times,
Private England, said "everyone in the company from
the commander down" knew what was going on.
She said guards forced detainees to crawl on their
hands and knees on broken glass, threw a heavy ball at handcuffed prisoners
and forced male detainees to wear women's "maxi pads".
Private England told investigators much of the abuse was
fooling around ... we thought it looked funny, so pictures were taken," she
said. However, she added: "Personnel from MI (military intelligence) and OGA
(other government agency) would tell us to keep it up, that we were doing a
source: Scottish Herald - May 19, 2004
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