Thursday, May 26, 2005

Word-for-Word: Brig Gen Jay Hood on Koran Mishandling at Gitmo

The general looking into claims of Koran desecration at Gitmo announced today he's found 13 cases of mishandling -- but Brig Gen Jay Hood said none include flushing a Koran down a toilet:

"First off, I'd like you to know that we have found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Koran down a toilet. We did identify 13 incidents of alleged mishandling of the Koran by Joint Task Force personnel.

Ten of those were by a guard and three by interrogators.

We found that in only five of those 13 incidents, four by guards and one by an interrogator, there was what could be broadly defined as mishandling of a Koran."

Brig Gen Hood said there was only one case of Koran mishandling after new rules -- put in place with input from the International Committee of the Red Cross -- went into effect. (DoD)

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