Dutch sailors mimicked Abu Ghraib abuse
23 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Defence Minister Henk Kamp "has the idea" misconduct in the Dutch military is not any worse than in other organisations.
23 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — Defence Minister Henk Kamp "has the idea" misconduct in the Dutch military is not any worse than in other organisations.
He said this on Friday in response to reports of sexual assaults, rape and cocaine use on the frigate Tjerk Hiddes.
It also emerged that four sailors serving on the naval supply ship 'Amsterdam' were sent home by the commanding officer for organising an initiation ritual mimicking the photographs of naked Iraqi detainees being abused by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The incident took place last summer while the supply ship was operating in the Arabian Sea as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Kamp told the Dutch parliament that military had a duty to set a good example and had to be critical of itself. He said he would not act before a special commission investigating the allegations in relation to the frigate had finished its work.
He said the commission's report should make it clear if these were isolated incidents or signs of a "cultural problem" within the military.
On Thursday, a 20-year-old female sailor alleged she had been subjected to a group sex assault on the frigate Tjerk Hiddes. She said at least two other female sailors were raped and that porn and cocaine were rife on the ship.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news