Berlin rejects Kosovo torture photo claims

27th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 May 2004 , BERLIN - Top German Defence Ministry officials have rejected allegations that photos exist of German troops torturing prisoners in Kosovo but said they were investigating the matter. "We're looking into this but we really cannot assume that any such pictures exist," said Defence Minister Peter Struck's spokesman, Norbert Bicher. Chief of the German Army Staff Hans-Otto Budde angrily rejected the allegation: "It's an outright lie," he declared. The tabloid Bild newspaper published a report Thu

 27 May 2004

BERLIN - Top German Defence Ministry officials have rejected allegations that photos exist of German troops torturing prisoners in Kosovo but said they were investigating the matter.

"We're looking into this but we really cannot assume that any such pictures exist," said Defence Minister Peter Struck's spokesman, Norbert Bicher.

Chief of the German Army Staff Hans-Otto Budde angrily rejected the allegation: "It's an outright lie," he declared.

The tabloid Bild newspaper published a report Thursday claiming that such photos are being passed about among German troops serving in Kosovo.

But senior Bild editors admitted to Deutsche Press-Agentur dpa that they had neither obtained nor even seen the photos.

Instead, Bild said it was reacting to reports that the German Defence Ministry was investigating alleged attempts to sell media outlets such photos.

In Britain, photos published by a tabloid claiming to show British troops torturing a prisoner in Iraq were later proved to be fakes.

Earlier this week German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he was sure that German troops would never torture prisoners.

"The young people in the German armed forces are so well trained I cannot imagine they would ever take part in what has happened. ..," said Schroeder.

There are about 3,200 German soldiers serving with the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

DPA

Subject: German News

 

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