"Electro-shock prods used in Iraq"
16 May 2007, THE HAGUE – Dutch intelligence officers used electro-shock prods while questioning detainees. This alleged torture reportedly took place at the end of October 2003 and are contained in the report from the Van den Berg investigation committee, the Volkskrant reports.
16 May 2007
THE HAGUE – Dutch intelligence officers used electro-shock prods while questioning detainees. This alleged torture reportedly took place at the end of October 2003 and are contained in the report from the Van den Berg investigation committee, the Volkskrant reports.
The report will be published at the end of June. One lieutenant colonel and two non-commissioned officers of the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) were reportedly involved in these questionings.
The three military officers had permission for the defence ministry to decide who was present at the questioning. The legal advisor, whose presence at such questionings is mandatory, was sent away by the MIVD officers. On the television programme NOVA retired major Micha Geeratz, legal advisor to the troops at the time, said that things happened there that were not meant to come to light.
Dutch marines arrested 15 men. The MIVD later handed eight of them over to the British troops. One of these men claims he was subject to electric shocks.
The British write in their report that it was "highly unlikely" that the Dutch were using such practices. The MIVD denied at the time that electric prods were being used.
An argument ensued between the MIVD and commander of the marines Swijgman about the questioning methods being used. Swijgman decided to inform The Hague when it became clear to him that there were different versions circulating about what the MIVD had done.
Three years later, shortly after the Van den Berg committee was appointed, an MIVD officer reported to the Marechaussee that an electric prod was used during the questioning at the time.
The defence ministry wants to wait until the report is completed in late June before commenting.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news