Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in
Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made
public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually
fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets.
The fresh allegations of prison abuse are contained in statements taken
from 13 detainees shortly after a soldier reported the incidents to
military investigators in mid-January. The detainees said they were
savagely beaten and repeatedly humiliated sexually by American soldiers
working on the night shift at Tier 1A in Abu Ghraib during the holy month
of Ramadan, according to copies of the statements obtained by The
The statements provide the most detailed picture yet of what took place on
the cellblock. Some of the detainees described being abused as punishment
or discipline after they were caught fighting or with a prohibited item.
Some said they were pressed to denounce Islam or were force-fed pork and
liquor. Many provided graphic details of how they were sexually humiliated
and assaulted, threatened with rape, and forced to masturbate in front of
“They forced us to walk like dogs on our hands and knees,” said Hiadar
Sabar Abed Miktub al-Aboodi, detainee No. 13077. “And we had to bark like a
dog, and if we didn’t do that they started hitting us hard on our face and
chest with no mercy. After that, they took us to our cells, took the
mattresses out and dropped water on the floor and they made us sleep on our
stomachs on the floor with the bags on our head and they took pictures of
The prisoners also provided accounts of how some of the now-famous
photographs were staged, including the pyramid of hooded, naked prisoners.
Eight of the detainees identified by name one particular soldier at the
center of the abuse investigation, Spec. Charles A. Graner Jr., a member of
the 372nd Military Police Company from Cresaptown, Md. Five others
described abuse at the hands of a solider who matches Graner’s description..