Hayder Sabbar Abd (34) er en av en gruppe på sju fanger i Abu Ghraib-fengslet som ble mishandlet og seksuelt ydmyket av militærpoliti. Han har fortalt sin historie til NYTimes- Ian Fisher. Hans story tyder på overgrepene skyldtes personlige innfall. Abd sier han ellers ble godt behandlet.
Mr. Abd spoke with no particular anger at the American occupation, though he has seen it closer than most Iraqis. In six months in prisons run by American soldiers, in fact, he said most of them had treated him well and with respect.
«Most of the time, they wouldn’t even say, `Shut up,’ » he said.
Abd sier han ble tatt til fange i juni og satt en tid i et fengsel i Umm Qasr. Her var behandlingen riktig god. Amerikanerne var hyggelige. Så ble han overflyttet til Abu Ghraib. Han var involvert i en slåsskamp, og ble utpekt av offeret. Dermed begynte plagingen.
Det merkelige er fotograferingen av de seksuelle ydmykelsene, noe som tyder på personlig fiksering.
That night, he said, he and six other inmates were beaten, stripped naked (a particularly deep humiliation in the Arab world), forced to pile on top of one another, to straddle one another’s backs naked, to simulate oral sex. American guards wrote words like «rapist» on their skin with Magic Marker, he said.
The curiosity, through much of the ordeal, was the camera. It was a detail he mentioned repeatedly as he recalled being forced against a wall and ordered by the Arabic translator to masturbate as he looked at one of the female guards.
«She was laughing, and she put her hands on her breasts,» Mr. Abd said. «Of course, I couldn’t do it. I told them that I couldn’t, so they beat me in the stomach, and I fell to the ground. The translator said, `Do it! Do it! It’s better than being beaten.’ I said, `How can I do it?’ So I put my hand on my penis, just pretending.»
Å fotografere slike seanser måtte garantere oppdagelse før eller senere. Overgrepene varte i ti dager. Da forsvant mannen som hadde stått for det hele.
Two weeks or so after that, an American military investigator came to visit him. He showed Mr. Abd the pictures and said he needed him to make a statement against the military police who had mistreated him. Mr. Abd trusted him.
«He said, `Don’t be afraid. Tell us what happened. We are on your side,’ » Mr. Abd remembered. » `Tell us everything they have done.’ «
Mr. Abd was released in mid-April. Looking back, the only explanation he can imagine for the mistreatment is that «Joiner» had been drinking.
«Americans did not mistreat me in general,» he said. «But these people must be tried.»
«I can’t tell you my feelings,» he said. «The Americans got rid of Saddam Hussein. They told us about democracy and freedom. We are happy about that.»
Abd er far til fire og kommer fra Nasariya. Han føler seg krenket og vil helst dra utenlands, gjerne til USA.