Interrogation officer guilty in torture case
By The Copenhagen Post
A Copenhagen court has found Annemette Hommel and four other soldiers guilty of mishandling Iraqi prisoners
Former army interrogation officer Annemette Hommel and four military police officers were found guilty of mishandling Iraqi prisoners by a Copenhagen Court on Thursday. Due to mitigating circumstances, however, none is facing jail time.
Hommel and the MPs were charged with mistreating Iraqi prisoners in March, April, and June 2004 during questioning at the Danish military camp in Basra.
The five were convicted of aggravated dereliction of duty in the case. The court, however, found that the military had not adequately prepared Hommel for duty in Iraq, and therefore decided not to issue prison sentences.
Hommel was found guilty of forcing detained Iraqis to sit in stressful positions during questioning, as well as for requiring that guards hold them in position if they tried to move.
She was also found guilty of using degrading terms such as 'dog', 'dog , and 'penis' to refer to the detainees.
The court found Hommel innocent of ordering MPs to force detainees to sit in stressful positions while they waited to be questioned. She was also acquitted of ordering MPs not to allow detainees to drink water.
Hommel immediately appealed the guilty verdict to the Supreme Court.
'I am pleased and satisfied that I was acquitted on some points. I feel that the court has laid down an unnecessarily hard line on the other points. I can't live with that,' Hommel said after the trial, adding that she had been convicted of something that was against her principles.
This is a surreal case. I didn't know if it should be put in some humour category...
They were basically following the Brit rules, as the Danish hadn't been established yet.