BAGHDAD: Iraq’s interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust IS militants from Mosul.
The inquiry was in response to a report by the German news magazine Der Spiegel last week that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry’s elite Emergency Response Division (ERD).
Photographs showed detainees accused of affiliation with IS hanging from the ceiling with their arms bent behind them, and the journalist wrote of prisoners being tortured to death and stabbed with knives.
“The Interior Minister ordered investigators to conduct a clear and fair inquiry...(and) to take legal measures against those who are negligent if the investigation proves so,” a ministry statement said.
The ERD is one of several government security forces backed by a US-led coalition that have dislodged IS from all but a pocket of territory in the western half of Mosul in seven months of fighting.
“Individuals or units failing to uphold that standard (of human rights) do a disservice to their sacrifice and must be investigated & held accountable,” Brett McGurk, Washington’s envoy to the US-led coalition, said on Twitter, alluding to the Spiegel report. — Reuters