French Iraqis blame Bremer for tortures

13th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 13 (AFP) - An association representing Iraqis living in France on Thursday blamed the chief US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, for the abuse and torture of prisoners by the US-led occupation force.

PARIS, May 13 (AFP) - An association representing Iraqis living in France on Thursday blamed the chief US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, for the abuse and torture of prisoners by the US-led occupation force.

"In our opinion, Bremer, rather than President Bush, is chiefly to blame," historian Hassan Al-Zaidi, secretary general of the Iraqi Community in France, said in a statement.

"Bremer is there, he knows everything and he wants to complete his work before he is replaced by Negroponte," the statement added.

John Negroponte, currently the US ambassador to the United Nations, has been appointed to take over from Bremer on June 30, the date scheduled for a transfer of sovereignty to a transitional Iraqi government charged with organizing elections by January next year.

Bremer "wants to do as much human and material damage as he can before he leaves," the statement went on. It accused him of opening "additional prisons which did not exist in Saddam Hussein's time" in the southern city of Basra and in Mosul in the north of the country.

"The Anglo-American occupying forces have faced a spontaneous resistance to a colonial war since April 2003," the statement said.

"They have neither found any weapons of mass destruction nor brought any democracy" to Iraq.

"The humiliation and torture of prisoners, most of them civilians, can be compared to what happened in Vietnam," it said.


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