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The U.S . in Secret Ethiopian Jails April 5, 2007

Posted by publicpolitics in Uncategorized.

With financial and military support from the United States, Ethiopia invaded Somalia in December, 2006. The objective was to dislodge the Islamic Courts Union from the country and to move toward elections. But involvement extended beyond money and helicopter gunships to interrogations in secret Ethiopian prisons. Anthony Mitchell reports:

CIA and FBI agents hunting for al-Qaida militants in the Horn of Africa have been interrogating terrorism suspects from 19 countries held at secret prisons in Ethiopia, which is notorious for torture and abuse, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.

Source: guardian.co.uk

According to Mitchell, “Human rights groups, lawyers, and several Western diplomats believe that “hundreds of prisoners” have been moved illegally from Kenya and Somalia to Ethiopia, ” where they are kept without charge or access to lawyers and families.”

The U.S. admits interrogations took place, but maintains that under a hundred prisoners were interrogated within the confines of applicable law.

Related Links:

Ethiopia Somalia Timeline

Somalia’s Islamic Courts

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