This video is called Inside Iraq – Silent torture – 1 May 09 – Part 1.
Part 2 is here.
From Al Jazeera:
Former Iraqi prisoners allege abuse
Al Jazeera has obtained interviews with two men who allegedly were tortured in the al-Muthanna air base prison in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The former detainees said they were pressured, under the use of painful techniques, to admit to crimes they had not committed.
“Our hands [were] tied and eyes covered so we couldn’t see the torturers. The informants were dictating to them that ‘This guy did this, or did that’. And he was swearing to God that this guy has performed that action,” one of the men said.
“But we were all innocent.”
The man showed dozens of cigarette burns that he said were inflicted on him by prison officers with the full knowledge of authorities.
He was one of hundreds of men rounded up by security forces in October as part of a crackdown on Sunni fighters in northern Iraq.
They were held at al-Muthanna until the human rights ministry gained access to the prison and closed the facility.
“We were tortured for four long months continuously,” another former detainee said.
“Whether you recognise or not, whatever they want you to say, they keep torturing you and the prisoners. They died in the torture.”
The local council of tribes for the Nineveh province, where most of the former detainees were from, held a protest on Wednesday calling for the government to respect the rule of law.
Fares Abdallah al-Fares, the leader of the Nineveh tribes’ council, said: “Torture goes against human dignity. What is a man without his dignity?
“We ask the prime minister and minister of defence to apologise to the people of Nineveh.”
In a recent report, the Los Angeles Times claimed that facilities such as al-Muthanna are “secret jails”, run by elite forces that answer only to Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, and stand outside the normal rule of law.
Wijdan Salim, the Iraqi human rights minister, dismissed the existence of “secret” facilities in a statement and said the government would sue the Los Angeles Times.
Kamil Amin, a spokesman for the ministry, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that serious legal violations had been committed at the al-Muthanna prison.
“Our teams have received complaints that the prisoners are not getting enough legal consultation and suffer from very slow procedures that take much longer than they should,” Amin said.
However, he refused to answer questions about whether there was any evidence of torture of the inmates at the facility.
The UK-based human rights group Amnesty International has urged Iraqi authorities to investigate the allegations of abuses.
Iraqi officials have announced that they were investigating claims that detainees at a secret Baghdad jail were tortured by electric shocks, suffocated with plastic bags or beaten by prison guards: here.