One of the most notorious prisons on earth is to be closed. Abu Ghraib in Iraq could shut down within three months according to a US military spokesman, who said its 4,500 inmates would be transferred to other jails. Situated in western Baghdad, it was an infamous torture centre under Saddam Hussein. Later, images of mistreatment under US control would cause an international outcry.
It is almost two years since photographs of inmates being abused were first made public. The subsequent conviction of several low-ranking US soldiers failed to quellanger among many Iraqis at the treatment of detainees. Earlier this month, amid ongoing reports of torture within Iraq’s jails, Amnesty International said thousands of prisoners were still being denied basic human rights.