Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Secret Baghdad torture centre found by troops
US officials have denied any responsibility for a newly revealed prisoner abuse scandal, with Iraq's Government saying it is shocked by the discovery of more than 170 prisoners in an underground Baghdad prison, many of them malnourished and showing obvious signs of torture.
The prisoners were found in a locked Interior Ministry bunker beneath a well-to-do area of the Iraqi capital. Many had been severely beaten, some were paralysed and others had skin peeling off their bodies.
The Government has ordered an inquiry into the prison, discovered during a US-led raid.
Revealing that 173 detainees were found in the secret prison, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, declared his government would work to root out such practices by the country's new police force, which is operated by the Interior Ministry.