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The allegations of torturing detainees

The accusation of the Iraqi interior ministry of torturing and exposing the detainees to starvation and malnourishment has been used for political purposes by some groups in and outside Iraq whether these allegations are true or not.

First we should know whether these detainees are terrorists who perpetrated and executed operation by which they killed innocent Iraqis or political prisoners. The answer is so simple, that in Iraq today there are no political prisoners unlike during Saddam Hussein regime. Therefore those detainees are either criminals who killed the Iraqis or among those who helped them. However we have to assume that some may be just under investigation and not among them though unlikely because the prison seems to be used for those who already have been accused about major crimes.

Saying that, we are not with tortures and human right abuses even against such criminals though the law should punish them heavily especially in a country like Iraq where the criminals kill and destroy indiscriminately. Indeed those who talk about the above allegations haven't accused or talked about the barbaric killing of the 3 weeks old baby with his family three weeks ago in Diyala north Baghdad on the same scale. Possibly that baby has no human rights in their views. They and their media tried to show the above allegations as regular tortures against the Sunnis which are wrong because some of them are Arab terrorists and not only Iraqis.

Regarding the malnourishment is nothing but a lie because the pictures showed no signs of such thing but the reverse indeed. On the other hand it is wrong to accuse some one's skin bruises for tortures without knowing whether this person has a tendency for skin diseases or easily bleeding disorders or the bruises resulted from some thing else. It may happen during his arrest or he may have been resisting the police force or was in a battle with them, therefore he will have bruises and even more. Some of the criminals who were shown confessing on the TV had been bruised or burned from their own criminal acts or attempted suicidal operations. Above all even if we assume that this may happen it must be an isolated incident exaggerate d for personal or political purposes. It was better for these parties to stand with the Iraqis against the terrorists not with the terrorists' rights against the Iraqis.

The Islamic party in Iraq tried to use this issue for political and ethnic process by telling that it is against the Sunnis. The Iraqi Interior Ministry required not only refuting these allegations but after proving that these are wrong allegations should institute legal proceeding against those who spread or used such allegations and the Iraqi media which tried to manipulate and exaggerated it for political purposes as this will harm the country as a whole and its unity.

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