Monday, August 24, 2009

 

Sending to third countries for detention,interrogation





The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terror suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but will monitor their treatment to ensure they are not tortured, administration officials said on 24 August.
Contractor Raymond Azar was arrested in Afghanistan, hooded, stripped and flown to the U.S. on a Gulfstream V jet that flew him from Bagram air base, outside Kabul, to Virginia.
Azar was "treated professionally," kept in a heated room, offered food and water repeatedly and "provided with comfortable chairs to sit in."

They said he was photographed naked and subjected to a cavity search to ensure that he did not carry hidden weapons and was fit for travel. Court records confirmed that Azar was shackled at the ankles, waist and wrists and made to wear a blindfold, hood and earphones aboard the plane.

Prosecutors also said that FBI agents read Azar his rights against self-incrimination on three occasions, and that he "voluntarily" waived them. Azar, 45, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bribery, the only charge against him

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