Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Afghan prisoner; abused & pleaded to be shot to end pain

just how many more of these are we going to hear about?

CIA man sentenced for Afghan abuse
Global By Agencies / Feb 13

A former CIA contractor has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for assaulting an Afghan prisoner who later died.

David Passaro, the first civilian to be charged with abusing a detainee in the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced on Tuesday after being found guilty last August.

He was sentenced to 100 months on a felony count of assault causing serious injury and six months each on three misdemeanor counts of simple assault, to run concurrently.

Death after interrogation

Passaro, a former Special Forces medic, was convicted last August of beating Abdul Wali, who died of his injuries two days after a June 2003 interrogation.

Prosecutors said Passaro beat the prisoner so badly that he pleaded to be shot to end his pain.

The indictment said Passaro worked at a US military base in Afghanistan that was frequently subjected to rocket attacks and Wali was a suspect in the attacks.

Passaro's lawyers portrayed their client as someone who went out of his way to offer care to Wali.

They said Passaro even performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an unsuccessful bid to revive him.

Guidelines broken

Guidelines given to interrogators have been an issue since a scandal broke over the abuse and humiliation of prisoners by Americans at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in 2004.

Prisoners released from the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where the United States is holding suspected Taliban and al Qaeda members, also say they were tortured or abused.

Critics say U.S. government guidelines on what constitutes torture, issued since the September 11 attacks, have created a climate in which abuses of detainees have flourished.