Thousands held without trial in Iraq


AFP
September 13, 2010

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Tens of thousands of detainees are being held without trial in Iraqi prisons and face violent and psychological abuse as well as other forms of mistreatment, Amnesty International said on Monday.

The London-based human rights watchdog estimates 30,000 people are held in Iraqi jails, noting several are known to have died in custody, while cataloguing physical and psychological abuses against others.

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However, the deputy justice minister dismissed the report as “baseless” and a US military spokesman insisted Iraqi detention facilities met international standards.

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