From the Washington Post in the USA:
January 3rd, 2007 3:02 am
FBI Reports Duct-Taping, ‘Baptizing’ at Guantanamo
By Dan Eggen
FBI agents witnessed possible mistreatment of the Koran at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including at least one instance in which an interrogator squatted over Islam’s holy text in an apparent attempt to offend a captive, according to bureau documents released yesterday.
In October 2002, a Marine captain allegedly squatted over a copy of the Koran during intensive questioning of a Muslim prisoner, who was “incensed” by the tactic, according to an FBI agent.
A second agent described similar events, but it is unclear from the documents whether it was a separate case.
In another incident that month, interrogators wrapped a bearded prisoner’s head in duct tape “because he would not stop quoting the Koran,” according to an FBI agent, the documents show.
The agent, whose account was corroborated by a colleague, said that a civilian contractor laughed about the treatment and was eager to show it off.
The reports amount to new and separate allegations of religiously oriented tactics used against Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
After an erroneous [really?] report of Koran abuse prompted deadly protests overseas in 2005, the U.S. military conducted an investigation that confirmed five incidents of intentional and unintentional mishandling the book at the detention facility.
They acknowledged that soldiers and interrogators had kicked the Koran, had stood on it and, in one case, had inadvertently sprayed urine on a copy.
According to Dutch NOS TV (translated):
According to the FBI agents, some prisoners lie with their hands and feet manacled in their own excrements.
Other prisoners do not get any food or drinking for hours, and a guard is said to have defecated on the koran.
The misbehaviour is similar to the misdemeanor by US American guards in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
See also here.
Guantanamo prisoner treated like dog: here.
‘Fuck’ written on koran: here.
Interview with sister of Guantanamo prisoner: here.
The [Pakistani] government has freed 17 former prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, who were detained on their return home to Pakistan, from Kot Lakhpat Jail here on Monday. They were finally freed after promising not to take part in militant activities, officials said. Most of the freed alleged that they had personally witnessed the desecration of the Holy Quran at the US jail: here.