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Christian report alleged torture by coalition troops in January

Following media reports that US and British army personnel have been charged with torturing detainees, the Ekklesia news service has pointed out that Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) presented the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq with a dossier of statistical data about this four months ago.

Only now have US soldiers at a prison outside Baghdad been charged with forcing Iraqi prisoners into acts of sexual humiliation and other abuses - documented by photographs taken by guards in the prison.

Some of the images, and descriptions of others, were broadcast in the US on Wednesday by a CBS television news program and verified by military officials. Similar reports concerning British troops were published in the press in the UK over the weekend.

At the time that Christian Peacemaker Teams presented the Coalition authority with the dossier, a US soldier is said to have also alerted superior officers to the abuses saying: "There are some things going on that I can't live with."

But staff Sgt Chip Frederick claimed civilian observers, FBI and CIA agents and senior officers turned a blind eye and even encouraged some of the abuses. Several accused soldiers claimed they had been told to "soften up" the prisoners for interrogation.

Christian groups reported torture of Iraqi detainees in January (Independent Catholic News 30/4/04)

Christian Peacemaker Teams
Cardinal warns against efforts to export democracy (Catholic World News 30/4/04)

3 May 2004