Sunday, December 9, 2007

Photos Documenting CIA's Use of Torture May Still Exist

According to a story in the Independent, attorneys for Guantánamo detainee, Binyam Mohammed, claim that there are photographs taken by the CIA that detail horrific tortures.

Clive Stafford-Smith, the legal director of Reprieve representing Mr Mohammed, said about the evidence against his client, "Given the opportunity, we can prove that the evidence was the fruit of torture. Indeed, we can prove that a photographic record was made of this by the CIA. Through diligent investigation we know when the CIA took pictures of Mr Mohammed's brutalised genitalia, we know the identity of the CIA agents who were present including the person who took the pictures (we know both their false identities and their true names), and we know what those pictures show."

Reprieve says it will be pressing for criminal prosecutions against the CIA agents alleged to have carried out the torture.

Last week it emerged that the CIA destroyed hundreds of hours of videotapes showing the torture of detainees held by the US.

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