We are deeply ashamed: torture in German prisons!!
Abuses in Prisons
According to information from the (TV program) RBB magazine “Klartext,” several incidents of violence against prisoners occurred last year in the correctional facility Brandenburg/Havel.
The victims were abused by masked prison guards from 2001 to 2004, as stated in a report released on Wednesday in Potsdam. The publisher’s report was based on the statements from two former victims and one still in state custody.
Further witnesses confirmed that the prison guards, disguised in so-called ski-masks would appear in groups of three or four. The attacks mostly happened at night. According to the details, the guards struck the prisoners with their fists and with nightsticks. Some of the victims suffered serious injuries and broken bones.
Brandenburg’s Ministry of Justice stated to the magazine that investigations of eight guards were under way. This week individual suspensions are to be handed down.
A former prisoner at the Brandenburg Correctional Facility stated that he was abused by guards:
"They (the abusive guards) provoke each fight because they know that the state stands behind them."
We fully expect to see in the next couple of days in the German media reporting such as this:
Some of the victims obviously were Christians. Being beaten is particularly ignominious for those of the Christian faith. Observers ask whether these actions were also an attempt to defame all of Christianity?
The leader of the conservative opposition in Germany, Angela Merkel, demanded a public apology from Chancellor Schroeder for the "incredible atrocities". Merkel: "The world needs to hear from the Chancellor that Germany regrets any kind of abuse of this kind . . . because we have to show the world that we're willing to correct our own mistakes. Also, we need to find out, what did Chancellor Schroeder know about this? Why didn't he stop it? We want to know who knew what when!"
Many in Germany think that the Brandenburg incident is just the tip of the iceberg. Hans-Karl Lehmann, a used car salesman from Ingolstadt, Bavaria, called the torture incident further proof of "the moral quagmire that has befallen Germany under the chancellorship of Gerhard Schroeder".
Well, don't bet the ranch on seeing such reporting... (emphasis added)
Update: Here's more on the German media's biased reporting...
(Next: Abuse incidents in Germany against immigrants who are to be deported.)
(Translation by Ray D.)
Hat tip Eric.