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'Prisoner torture rising' in Mauritania

Published Dec 3, 2008

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Dakar, Senegal - Amnesty International says the torture of prisoners including al-Qaida suspects has increased under the military junta in Mauritania.

Mauritanian government officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The junta took control in an Aug. 6 coup after the president fired the northwest African country's top four military officials.

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Amnesty International accuses the Mauritanian government of "routine and systematic torture of prisoners, whether terror suspects or accused common criminals."

The rights group says in a report on Wednesday that the country's security forces routinely abuse detainees with electric shocks, beatings and sexual violence. - Sapa-AP

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