Tuesday, May 04, 2004

american's don't just torture Iraqi's

A 57 year old Canadian man who was taken prisoner by american forces in Iraq last year is now suing the U.S. army for $350,000 (USD) admist claims he was tortured and unjustly injured by american troops while he was detained and interrogated.

Hossam Shaltout was taken to the Camp Bucca detention centre by american forces shortly after the invasion began last year. There, falsely accused of being Saddam Hussein's speech writer, he was beaten and $119,000.00 (USD) was confiscated from his Hotel room, as was his passport and other personal effects that were never returned. After he was released he went to Egypt, but is unable to return to his american home to get his property because american authorities won't return his green card.

While he was at Camp Bucca he saw other prisoners being abused as well, and stated that the abuse suffered by the Iraqi prisoners, which he admitted was less than what he was faced with, could only be described as "unthinkable."

While the american army is reeling from the evidence of torture being accumluated and released now, this case more than suggests this type of behaviour has been going on from the very beginning of the occupation, or at the very least April 9th 2003.


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