CIA Torture Report; Uganda Implicated Of Facilitating Torture

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In short
The 6200 paged report has been heavily redacted and classified leaving only 7% of it (480 pages) for public consumption. In the report, it is alleged by the committee that the US ran a string of torture chambers in EastAfrica from where they used to extract information, one such chamber was located in Uganda.


 
Uganda and the United States share a very strong relationship militarily and that relationship has not escaped mention in the latest CIA report that accuses the US of among many things using advanced torture methods to extract information from terror suspects.
 
The 6200 paged report has been heavily redacted and classified leaving only 7% of it (480 pages) for public consumption. In the report, it is alleged by the committee that the US ran a string of torture chambers in East Africa from which they used to extract information from captives, one such chamber was located in Uganda.
 
Uganda is not new to allegations of running torture chambers. In 2004, the Human Rights Watch accused Uganda security agencies of running torture cells where civilians were beaten to produce information on purported rebel groups operating in Kampala.
 
In the senate committee report, it is alleged that US operatives were given unfettered access to the July 11th Kyadondo bombing suspects for over four days and illegal methods were used to acquire testimonies from the suspects. These testimonies it is believed were used to track down and kill senior leaders of the Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda.
 
Uganda arrested 11 suspects from different countries following the July 11th 2010 bombings who claim they were wrongfully extradited. The suspects underwent different interrogations while in Uganda. In one of their plaints filed in the Constitutional court, the suspects complained of being sleep deprived by security agents, threatened and also beaten. The same manner of torture is replicated in the report that the senate committee released yesterday.
 
The allegation, however, won't be new to Ugandan security after an earlier court ruling confirmed that the suspects were detained beyond the required hours before being produced in court and also tortured whilst in the cells.
 
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report of their findings on the United States run Rendition and Interrogation programme that was closed five years ago by President Barack Obama. The report has generated worldwide debate on the torture of terror suspects. Some of the Key findings of the report are that the tortured suspects did not provide factual information to the agency. Uganda finds itself in the web of accusations with neighbours Kenya who are accused of facilitating the torture of terror suspects too.
 
Army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda did not pick his calls when reached for comment on the matter.
 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.