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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar" <>
To: "AS-ILAS" <>
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 9:27 AM

> We Iraqis could say that we did not know about the crimes committed by
> Saddam Hussein and that we could not do any thing about it because he was
> dictator and the world would believe us.  Could the people of “west” say
> same thing about your “elected” governments, with your free press, free
> media coverage… etc. or are the people in the “west” so indifferent!
> crimes are done in YOUR names you like it or not!
> Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar
> Baghdad, Occupied Iraq
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "AS-ILAS" <>
> To: "casi" <>
> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 2:26 PM
> by
> Gordon Thomas
> Each prisoner receives six pints of dank, tepid water a day. He uses it to
> wash and drink in summer noonday temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius.
> He is not allowed to wash his clothes’. He is provided with a small cup of
> delousing powder to deal with the worst of his body infestation.
> For the slightest infringement of draconian rules he is forced to sit in
> painful positions. If he cries out in protest his head is covered with a
> sack for lengthy periods.
> This is daily life in America’s shameful Gulag – Camp Cropper on the
> outskirts of Baghdad International Airport.
> Only the International Red Cross are allowed inside. They are forbidden to
> describe what they see.
> But some of its staff have broken ranks – to tell Amnesty International of
> the shocking conditions the 3000 Iraqi prisoners are held under.
> None had been charged with any offence. They are listed as suspected
> “looters” and “rioters”. Or listed as “loyal to Saddam Hussein”.
> Every day more prisoners are crowded into the broiling, dusty compound.
> Surrounded by ten-foot high razor wire, they live in tents that are little
> protection against the blistering sun. They sleep eighty to a tent on
> thin mats.
> Each prisoner has a long-handled shovel to dig his own latrine. Some are
> old or weak to dig the ordered depth of three feet. Others find they have
> excavated pits already used.
> The over-powering stench in this hell-hole is suffocating.
> “Add to sleep deprivation and physical abuse you have highly degrading
> conditions which are tantamount to torture and gross abuse of human
> said Curt Goering, deputy director of Amnesty International, the
> London-based human rights watchdog.
> He confirmed that Amnesty had received “credible reports” of detainees
> had died in custody, “mostly as a result of shooting by members of the
> coalition forces”.
> Camp Cropper also houses a growing number of what are listed as “special
> prisoners”.
> They include the former deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, Saadiun
> the former speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, and Ezzar Ibrahim, the son of
> Saddam’s second in command on the Revolutionary Command Council.
> The one woman “special” is Huda Ammash – known as “Chemical Sally”,
> a key member of Saddam’s chemical and biological weapons programme.
> The week before he committed suicide, Dr David Kelly, the English
> had prepared a list of questions he planned to put to her when he returned
> to Iraq to assist in the search for weapons of mass destruction.
> Chemical Sally sleeps in a tent with other women members of the Ba’ath
> party. Like the men they are not allowed to wash their underwear – and
> several have developed unsightly sores, according to a Red Cross visitor.
> After two months incarceration none of the “special prisoners” have been
> told what charges they will face – though several, like Tariq Aziz, then
> surrendered voluntarily to the Americans.
> A glimpse of his life nowadays has come from one of the few prisoners to
> released, Adnan Jassim.
> “Tariq Aziz has aged very much in the past months in the camp. He shuffles
> and has a stoop. This may because he has to dig his own toilet hole. It is
> forbidden for anyone to help him to do this. He is treated just like
> else – an animal to be driven wherever the guards want him.
> “His hair has grown. It is very dirty. He gets no special treatment. The
> same terrible food. Mostly he eats very little of it. It is hard to
> he was, second to Saddam, the most powerful man in Iraq”.
> Jassim was arrested the day after the war officially ended. He insists,
> according to a Red Cross official, that he was stopped for speeding.
> “The Americans just fired at my car. Then they threw me into a truck and
> took me to the camp. At the gate I had a badge pinned to my shirt. It said
> presumed killer’. I have never even fired a gun, let alone kill anyone”,
> Jassim insisted.
> Amnesty’s human rights workers and Red Cross officials have gathered
> statements from the few prisoners who have been released.
> One is Qays al Salman, a 54-year-old guard at one of Saddam’s palaces. He
> claims: “One day we became so angry that all the man in my tent began
> shouting, ‘Freedom, freedom!’ The soldiers rushed in, tied us up and
> us to lie down in the middle of the day in the open. Some of us had bad
> stroke.
> Other detainees, like Suheil Laibbi Mohammed, who used to work as a
> mechanic, repairing Saddam’s fleet of cars, said he had seen prisoners
> repeatedly hit with riffle butts”.
> Detainees described being given food as inedible to Muslims. Most of the
> meat was pork. “But it was either eat it or starve”, said Rafed Adel
> Tariq Aziz’s wife, Zureida, and his two sons fled to Jordan when the war
> ended.
> In London their family lawyer, Dr Abdul Haq al-Ani, wants to serve a writ
> habeas corpus on Britain’s embattled Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon,
> that his client is being held in contravention of the Geneva Convention
> the Human Rights Act.
> “I spent a week in Baghdad but I was not allowed to see my client. I know
> the conditions he is being held under from those who have been released.
> is outrageous what is happening”, he said.
> Chemical Sally’s family are also planning legal moves to have her freed.
> They have submitted evidence to the Americans that she has breast cancer
> requires to continue with her medical treatment.
> Her mother, Kasmah Ammash, a frail 70-year-old said: “My daughter was
> diagnosed with breast cancer in the late Eighties. She went to Pittsburgh
> for chemotherapy and underwent a mastectomy. Before she was arrested she
> undergoing further follow up treatment. How can they be so cruel”.
> Amnesty International said it had urged the coalition forces to look into
> such allegations – and to bring to justice those found guilty of offences.
> “The Americans have acknowledged there are some serious problems. But
> is a difference of opinion on what laws apply”, said Mr Goering.
> Nada Doumani, the International Red Cross spokesman in Baghdad said “we
> never comment on the conditions at the detention centers”.
> “The Geneva Convention is clear about the obligations that exist for legal
> advice and visits. If someone is being held as a POW then there is a legal
> obligation to allow them access to legal advice. But if they are held as a
> civilian detainee that does not apply. A tribunal has been set up to
> which category each person in the camp fits into. Until their work is
> complete we can say no more”.
> A spokesman for Lt-General Ricardo Sanchez, the coalition forces commander
> in Iraq, said he could not give a time frame when the tribunal’s work will
> be completed.
> ends
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