Thursday, May 12, 2005

US Sending Suspects for Torture in Egypt

Dozens of alleged “Islamic militants” are shipped and ferried blindfolded to Egypt where they are tortured, held incommunicado and even disappear, says international rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Their report further said that the United States has played an operational role or facilitated the rendition of wanted individuals to Egypt, even though the Bush administration knows full well that Egypt tortures people in custody.

Egypt’s “promises not to torture a given suspect are not worth the paper they’re written on,” Stork said.

Prominent former CIA official Robert Baer had criticized in TV and press interviews the torture practices in Arab countries, including Egypt.

“If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear -- never to see them again -- you send them to Egypt,” he said, according to the press release.


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