Previously unpublished pictures of alleged tortures carried out on Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail have been broadcast by an Australian television channel.
The images are part of more than a hundred photographs and videos used as evidence in an ongoing court case in the United States. They show naked men who appear to have suffered torture including one prisoner who allegedly had 11 non-lethal bullet wounds to his buttocks. When photographs of this kind were first published in 2004 there was widespread international condemnation of the United States, which took over Abu Ghraib jail two weeks after toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime. Two American soldiers have so far been jailed over the abuse. Specialist Charles Graner was sentenced to ten years in prison. His former girlfriend, Private Lynndie England, was jailed for three years. Both appeared in some of the photos of abuse at the prison. But some human rights groups say the soldiers, who have been described as “bad apples” by President Bush, were scapegoats and that their actions were part of a larger program of abuse put in place by high-ranking officials.