Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Canadian Reports of Being Tortured in Iraq

From The Globe and Mail:

Portland, Ore. — A Canadian civilian says in a lawsuit that he was tortured by U.S. troops in Iraq and saw Iraqi prisoners suffer even worse mistreatment — the latest allegations of human rights abuses to surface against coalition soldiers.

Hossam Shaltout, 57, claims in a suit filed with the U.S. Army Claims Office on April 30 that he was beaten after being taken to the Camp Bucca detention centre shortly after the launch of the U.S.-led invasion.

“I saw Iraqis tortured more than I was. They did unspeakable things to Iraqis,” Mr. Shaltout said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The allegations coincide with a larger scandal involving alleged mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq. Photos made public last week showed U.S. soldiers humiliating Iraqis at the U.S. Army-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

“Isolated incident,” eh?