Syria rejects report of systematic torture and killing

By REUTERS
January 22, 2014 12:58
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BEIRUT - Syria on Wednesday rejected a report purporting to show the systematic torture and killing of about 11,000 detainees, calling it an attempt to undermine peace efforts as diplomats gathered in Switzerland for talks.



The 31-page report released on Monday contains 55,000 images of emaciated and mutilated corpses. Bearing signs of torture, some of the corpses had no eyes. Others showed signs of strangulation or electrocution.



The images were supplied by a Syrian military defector who had worked as a military police photographer for 13 years. His identity has not been released to the media.



Former war crimes prosecutors who authored the report said Syrian officials could face war crimes charges as a result of the evidence, which they said evoked images of Nazi death camps.



But Syria's Ministry of Justice said the report was "politicised" and "lacking objectivity and professionalism".



"Releasing the report one day before the 'Geneva 2' conference provides categorical evidence that its goal ... is to undermine efforts aimed at achieving peace in Syria," the ministry said in a statement carried on Syrian state television.



The broadcast went out while Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba was speaking at the opening day of the "Geneva 2" peace conference in Switzerland.



At one point, Jarba made reference to the report and held up a photograph of an alleged torture victim.



Reuters has read the report but it was not possible to determine the authenticity of the images or to contact the photographer.

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