Dutch troops accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners

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17 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch military interrogators abused dozens of Iraqi prisoners after the US-led invasion in 2003, a Dutch press report has claimed.

17 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch military interrogators abused dozens of Iraqi prisoners after the US-led invasion in 2003, a Dutch press report has claimed.

Detainees were allegedly subjected to bright lights, soaked with water and exposed to high-pitched sounds, newspaper 'De Volkskrant' reported on Friday.

The newspaper quoted a defence ministry spokesman as saying things took place "not according to instruction".

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said that if the allegations were true they were "shocking".

Opposition politicians have demanded a recall of Parliament to question Defence Minister Henk Kamp about the allegations.

"There is a smell of a cover-up coming off this," Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos said.

The PvdA is trailing the Christian Democrat CDA and Liberal VVD coalition in the lead-up to next week's general elections.

The abuses were allegedly carried out in Samawah in the south-east Iraqi province of Al Muthanna in November 2003 by members of the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD).

There were about 1,400 Dutch troops started in Iraq at the time, but most were withdrawn last year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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