Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Human Rights Watch alleges that F.B.I. agents repeatedly interrogated two U.S. citizens who were illegally detained for eight months by Pakistani authorities and did nothing to stop them from being tortured.

From the New York Times:
The two told Human Rights Watch that they had been interrogated six times over the eight months by F.B.I. agents and had been repeatedly questioned by American and Pakistani intelligence officials about their role in Al Qaeda - a role they denied having - and were threatened with detention at the American base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Tuesday that the F.B.I. agents did not intervene to end torture, insist that the Pakistani government comply with a Pakistani court order to produce the men in court or provide consular services normally offered to detained Americans.

"Instead," the group said, "they threatened the men with being sent to the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay if they did not confess to involvement in terrorism."
The F.B.I. denies the allegations.

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