The world has now seen the inside of a Bagdhad prison camp showing hundreds of inmates packed into wire-mesh tents most of them protesting their innocence. Sunni vice-president Tareq al Hashemi and his Shi’ite counterpart Adel Abdul Mehdi visited the Rusafa prison to the east of the Iraqi capital.
Hashemi told the prisoners that the authorities were trying to speed up their cases and promised them better treatment. US forces and Iraq’s own security services have imprisoned tens of thousands of individuals without charge since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
United States military says it has taken 23,000 Iraqis into custody 19,000 of them held at Camp Bucca a huge prison complex in Southern Iraq. Most detainees are Sunni accused of participating in the insurgency against the Shi’ite led government.