Annonce
Annonce
Annonce
News in english

Defence ministry kept abuse secret

Iraqi prisoner abuse information was blacked out of a report to the Defence Committee.

Gem til liste

The Danish Defence Ministry received documentation in 2004 showing that prisoners were liable to abuse by Iraqi police, but Danish soldiers were allowed to continue to detain Iraqis and hand them over according to Information, which says the ministry withheld the documentation from Parliament.

It was during an inspection of the Al Makil prison in Basra in June 2004 that the Danish battalion saw the brutal methods used by the Iraqi police. Eight of 15 prisoners said they had been abused by officers, with several showing physical signs of abuse in the form of scars, burns and other physical injuries.

“My impression was that it was quite normal for them to be beaten by the police into confessions for something or other,” says Danish Battalion Legal Officer Kurt Borgkvist, who took part in the inspection.

While Denmark was not directly responsible for any of the eight prisoners, the Danish battalion had at that point handed over 113 prisoners to local police. The Defence Ministry knew that information about prisoner abuse was controversial, and had ordered Defence Command Denmark several weeks previously to report ‘any abuse of detainees, irrespective of whether they have been in Danish custody’.

Information on the abuse was written into an inspection report sent to the Defence Ministry. But when the Parliamentary Defence Committee asked then Liberal Defence Minister Søren Gade for the report, passages involving abuse were blacked out. The reason given was that the information could harm Danish-Iraqi cooperation.

“This information shifts the discussion about prisoner handovers. Up to now we have discussed whether the defence forces should have known that there was a risk of torture in Iraqi custody,” Amnesty International Legal Officer Claus Juul tells Information.

“Now we know for certain that they were aware of the risk early on. Nonetheless they did not act on the information and even kept the information from Parliament with a dubious excuse,” he adds.

Information has been unable to reach Søren Gade.

FACEBOOK – Follow Politiken’s News in English

PolitikenPlus
  • Cykelløb 1937 Rundt og rundt og rundt cyklede de! Billedet af de tre ryttere i foroverbøjet fart er taget af en af Politikens helt store fotografer, Holger Damgaard.

    Pluspris 1.100 kr. Alm. pris 1.265 kr. Køb
  • Miljørigtig danskvand Ved tryk på en enkelt knap, forvandler AQVIA danskvandsmaskinen dit vand fra hanen til perlende danskvand på få sekunder.

    Pluspris 1.100 kr. Alm. pris 1.299 kr. Køb
  • Bezzerwizzer Original 2 Quizklassiker med 5.000 nye spørgsmål

    Pluspris 359 kr. Alm. pris 499 kr. Køb
  • Bycykel til børn Unisex cykel med1 gear og støttehjul - "den første cykel" til barnet. Minimal vedligeholdelse og høj kvalitet. Jopo bycyklen er den mest købte cykel model i de nordiske lande.

    Pluspris 1.995 kr. Alm. pris 2.295 kr. Køb
  • Normann skål Ø 25 Ikonisk Krenit skål i nye farver

    Pluspris 510 kr. Alm. pris 600 kr. Køb