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UK police face waterboarding controversy

The Scotland Yard has opened an investigation into the conduct of six officers accused of waterboarding drug suspects after arresting them last year.

The police have confirmed that the officers face "serious allegations" in connection with arrests of five suspects in the north London borough of Enfield on November 4, 2008.

London's police force did not provide details of the misconduct. "Whilst the investigation is on-going it is not appropriate to make assumptions," it said in a statement.

Media outlets, however, have reported that in addition to waterboarding, the officers are alleged to have repeatedly ducked the suspects' heads in buckets of water.

Furthermore, the officers are accused of fabricating evidence and of stealing the property of a number of suspects during a drugs-related investigation, which did not result in a trial.

None of the suspected police officers have been arrested, pending investigations, said the newspaper.

Waterboarding is a method of torture which simulates drowning and has been condemned by human rights organizations worldwide. It achieved notoriety after its widespread use on suspected militants captured by the US and its allies.

"Any allegations of such behavior are treated very seriously ... and if found true the strongest possible action will be taken," Scotland Yard said in a statement.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) also is investigating the charges.

The United Kingdom is a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture and has treaty obligations to prosecute those who commit torture.

These serious allegations may be a test case to assess London's commitment to its anti-torture legal obligations.

Over the past 30 years, more than 1,000 people have died while in the custody of British police, yet not one police officer has received a custodial sentence for these deaths.


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Added: Jun-10-2009 Occurred On: Jun-10-2009
By: dan_man
Tags: police, interrogation, waterboarding, torture
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  • The article says nothing more than"allegations" so stop engaging in anti-UK propaganda.

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  • My how the worm has turned!

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  • Um, dunking someones head in water is not waterboarding. Yes it's still torture, but the term waterboarding isn't accurate, mainly I wonder because it allows the writer to connect this case with US terror suspect treatment.

    Just saying. Since the article brings up waterboarding (which is not part of the allegations toward the police officers), mentions US terror suspects, oh, and the article happens to come from presstv.

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    • "...reported that in addition to waterboarding, the officers are alleged to have repeatedly ducked the suspects' heads in buckets of water."

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    • Ah, I read the bbc, guardian and telegraph, of those only the guardian mentioned that although the allegations were of head dunking, one of the documents involved used the term waterboarding.

      I suppose domestic news may be avoiding using the term until more evidence comes out. Fair enough, I'll see how this happens. Suppose it's a case of domestic news sources afraid of making the allegation firmly, and foreign ones making it centerstage to make a point :)

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    • Yeah it's all allegations at this stage. Associated Press & plenty of others are using the term "waterboarding" Scotland Yard

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  • Where is all the typical outrage? At least we waterboard mass murderers in order to save lives. Whats your excuse UK?

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  • Waterboarding is nothing compared to what your Creator will do to you kuffs when you reside in hell.

    Hell had been lit for one thousand years until its flames became red. Again it was heated for another thousand years till its colour became white. Still again it was burnt for further thousand years and its white color flames turned pitch black.

    The lightest punishment in Hell would be the wearing of ‚Fiery shoes" which would cause one's brain to boil.

    The dwellers of Hell would be burnt More..

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  • all people who waterboard should be waterboarded into confessing the same crimes they're trying to torture other people into confessing

    "can't... breathe... help!"

    "sorry, asshole, you said it wasn't torture. alright? so anyway... are you going to admit you stole furniture from that woman's house?"

    "n--(gargles and chokes and almost dies)."

    (slaps the prisoner cop across the face to revive him)

    "awake? alright, are you going to admi--"

    "no! you More..

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