Dead Iraqi prisoner in Abu Ghraib photos died during CIA 'torture': AP

[JURIST] The Iraqi prisoner who died while in US custody at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST Hot Topic archive] and whose corpse was shown in photographs that emerged from the abuse scandal died in a position known as "Palestinian hanging" while under CIA interrogation, according to unspecified documents reviewed by the Associated Press and reported Thursday. Manadel al-Jamadi's death was ruled a homicide and the US military never revealed the exact circumstances, but AP says that reports show that he died while suspended by his wrists, which were handcuffed behind his back. The stress position has been condemned by human rights groups as torture, and the European Court of Human Rights [official website] found Turkey guilty of torture in 1996 in a case involving the same technique [Aksoy v. Turkey summary]. Photos of Abu Ghraib prison guards smiling over al-Jamadi's body emerged last summer and led to the conviction of Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST report] for abusing detainees. AP has more.



 

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