Why do prisoners dig their own grave

Orders: dig your own grave

Washington (dpa) The US Department of Defense has issued new shocking documents about the mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan on a court order. The more than 2000 pages also support the allegation of Iraqi prisoners that they were humiliated and humiliated with religious symbols, the US Civil Rights Union (ACLU) announced in New York.

The ACLU had obtained the publication of the documents before a federal court. It reports, among other things, of a sham execution in July 2003 in the "Rifles" camp near the western Iraqi city of Ramadi. A captain in the US Army ordered an Iraqi to dig his own grave in the desert.

While the White House blames the news magazine "Newsweek" for damaging the US's reputation in the Islamic world, according to ACLU Director Anthony Romero, army investigations into the mistreatment and humiliation of Muslims by the US army in Iraq, Afghanistan and surrendered to the US prison camp at Guantánamo Bay - 500 people are imprisoned here who are accused of being supporters of al Qaeda or the Taliban.

Magazine regrets

Newsweek "earlier this week had to withdraw a report on the desecration of the Koran in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, according to which investigators had even flushed a copy of the Koran down the toilet. In the end, the editors were no longer sure whether the story was really true." Newsweek "-Editor Mark Whitaker apologized:" We are sorry we were mistaken.

A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) did not want to comment on this case. However, he announced on Friday that prisoners in Guantánamo had complained to the ICRC some time ago about the disrespectful use of the Koran. According to the Red Cross spokesman, it was about events from "around 2003": "We then passed this on to the US authorities." During subsequent prisoner visits, the International Committee of the Red Cross then gained the impression that these incidents had been "corrected".

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