BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The corpses of at least three of the six Sunni Muslim detainees who died while in Iraqi government custody earlier this month showed signs of torture, their families said Thursday as they vowed revenge at emotionally charged funerals.
Iraqi authorities announced an investigation into the suffocation deaths of six men who were being transported on May 12 in a poorly ventilated truck en route to appear before an investigative committee in Baghdad. The families said they were informed the men died in a "shipping container." [...]
Relatives of three of the dead detainees spoke to McClatchy Newspapers on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation against other family members still in government custody. In accounts that couldn't be verified independently, the families all described similar findings upon receiving the bodies of the men:
-Salah Jaata al-Nimrawi, 46, a captain in the former regime's army, fought against al-Qaida as a member of the U.S.-backed "Awakening" movement. His family said U.S. forces detained him 21/2 years ago in connection with a roadside bomb attack in Hit. The family said they received his corpse this week with a blackened eye, crude stitches on his torso, a broken hand and signs of torture on his fingers and feet.
-Murad Jalil Jassim, 27, of Ramadi, was detained in 2005 after a roadside bomb exploded on the same highway he was driving, relatives said. Relatives said his family paid bribes to retrieve his body from the Baghdad morgue and discovered suspicious holes on his neck, cigarette burns on his back and other signs of abuse.
-Mushtaq Talib al-Janabi, 35, a teacher from Fallujah, was detained by Iraqi forces last summer because he was driving a white truck, which violated a citywide ban on such vehicles after reports that some were being rigged with explosives, his family said. Relatives received his body this week and observed signs of electrical burns on his thighs and cigarette burns on his torso.