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Sunday, March 12, 2006

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Friday, March 03, 2006

3/4 Baghdad morgue deliveries executions, often tortured first

Today The Washington Post will quote former UN human rights chief for Iraq, John Pace, saying that between two-thirds and three-fourths of the victims brought to Baghdad's main morgue are recorded as casualties of gunshot wounds. Nearly all showed signs of having been executed, tortured or both.

The statistics of deaths and causes of death in Iraq are not without politicisation and controversy. Regarding other estimates by the Washington Post

Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari said on Tuesday that 379 people had been killed since Feb. 22, and he described as inaccurate and exaggerated a Washington Post report that put the death toll at 1,300.

The acting director of the morgue, Qais Hassan, also denied The Post's figure... Hassan began running the morgue when the director, Faik Bakir, fled the country a few months ago after being threatened over the release of morgue information seen as linking many killings to death squads...


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