May 17 - Iraq opens doors to a jail which Human Rights Watch says practices torture. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The Iraqi government opens the doors of the Camp Honor prison.
It's the prison in Baghdad that Human Rights Watch says is a site where prisoners being beaten and electrocuted.
The rights group is accusing Iraqi authorities of still running a jail they said had been shut over a year ago.
Journalists tour the facilities.
Iraqi authorities dismiss the report.
12. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) COLONEL DHIYA AL-WAKEEL, SPOKESMAN OF THE GENERAL COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES OFFICE, SAYING:
"Regrettably, the report is not objective. They alleged that there are inmates at Camp Honor who are subjected to torture and violations. Today we invited journalists and cameras can speak better. You have toured the building and you have noticed that there were no inmates and no traces that there had been inmates inside it neither today, a month ago, two months ago or even three months ago."
Camp Honor is in a former U.S. military base of more than 15 buildings that was handed over to Iraqi forces in 2006.
17. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COLONEL DHIYA AL-WAKEEL, SPOKESMAN OF THE GENERAL COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES OFFICE, SAYING:
"We hoped that reports of such bodies be based on evidence, but according to my information the report was based on testimonies of witnesses or former inmates or detainees. I say that this issue is incorrect and you have seen by yourselves the details of this prison."
The report alleged that, in addition to Camp Honor, there are two other secret prisons inside the Green Zone.
Torture was widespread in Iraq under Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein., who was ousted in the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and executed in 2006. Disclosures in 2004 that U.S. jailers had abused and sexually humiliated Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison outraged many Iraqis.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.
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