New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Woman testifies at Saddam trial that she was tortured Suicide bombers hit Baghdad
police academy, dozens killed
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A woman testified at the Saddam Hussein trial Tuesday behind a beige curtain and with her voice disguised, telling the court of beatings, torture and sexual humiliation when she was a teenager at the hands of security agents.
The ousted Iraqi president sat stone-faced and silent during the woman’s testimony but later exploded with anger. Waving a finger and pounding his desk, he told the judges to "go to hell” and vowed not to return to court when the trial resumes Wednesday.
Saddam, dressed again in a dark suit and white shirt and clutching a Quran, complained that he and the seven other defendants were tired and had been deprived of opportunities to shower, have a change of clothes, exercise
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“I was forced to take off my clothes, and he raised my legs up and tied my hands. He continued administering electric shocks and whipping me and telling me to speak."
— Witness A
Anonymous Iraqi woman, testifying at trail of Saddam Hussein
or go for a smoke. “This is terrorism,” he said.
The defendants are charged in the deaths of more than 140 Shiite Muslims in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him in the town of Dujail in 1982. Saddam accused Iran of ordering the attempt on his life.
Five witnesses — two women and three men — testified in the fourth session of the trial, all of them hidden from the public view and with their voices disguised to protect their identities.
The most dramatic testimony came from the woman identified only as "Witness A,” who was a 16-year-old girl at the time of the crackdown. Her voice breaking with emotion, she told the court of beatings and electric shocks by the former president’s agents.
"I was forced to take off my clothes, and he raised my legs up and tied my hands. He continued administering electric shocks and whipping me and telling me to speak,” Witness A said of an Iraqi intelligence officer.
The woman broke down several times as she struggled to maintain her composure. “God is great. Oh, my Lord!” she said, moaning.
Such treatment of a young woman is gravely offensive in traditional Arab culture, and Saddam was careful to avoid any insulting gesture in Tuesday's session, which was televised in Iraq. On Monday, he had angrily challenged male witnesses, insulting them and suggesting one needed psychiatric treatment.
"Witness A” strongly suggested she had been raped, but did not say so outright. When Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin asked her about the "assault,” she said: "I was beaten up and tortured by electrical shocks” but repeated that she had been ordered to undress.
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Kris Edward Pierce, 43, no known address, failure to maintain financial responsibility (2 counts); no drivers license; motion to revoke probation, resisting arrest, search or transport; failure to control speed; expired motor vehicle inspection sticker. Juan Galvan Rangel, 23, Farmers Branch, driving while intoxicated.
Beatrice Mendez Rodriguez, 44, Seguin, fraudulently delivering controlled substance.
Gilbert L. Rodriguez III, 18, San Antonio, public intoxication.
Humberto Rodriguez Jr., 23, Seguin, theft of property between $50 and $500.
Curtis William Roedl, 40, Canyon Lake, aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon; assault causing bodily injury, family violence. Thomas Wayne Ross, 38,
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Jody L. Rutherford, 34, Austin, public intoxication. Carlos Sanchez, 22, Spring Branch, no driver's license; no insurance.
David Alan Schrock, 47, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated; driving while
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Brian Paul Stephens, 48, New Braunfels, public intoxication. Glenn Allen Storbeck, 33, San Antonio, assault causing bodily injury/family violence. Abel Valdez, 29, New
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — TWO suicide bombers detonated explosives inside Baghdad’s main police academy Tuesday, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 70, police said. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack, the capital’s deadliest in months.
The bombing came as Al-Jazeera aired an insurgent video claiming to have kidnapped a U.S. security consultant — the seventh Westerner abducted in Iraq since Nov. 26 — and the U.S. military reported another American soldier killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.
The assault on the police academy was carefully planned to maximize casualties, all of whom were police officers or cadets.
The first bomber struck near a group of students outside a classroom, a U.S. military statement said.
Thinking they were under mortar fire, survivors rushed to a bunker "where the second bomber detonated his vest,” the statement added. One of the wounded was an American contractor.
A statement on an Islamist Web site in the name of al-Qaida in Iraq said “two blessed brothers” staged the attack on the academy “which continues to produce
the dogs that shed the blood and violate the honor of Sunni Muslims.”
The claim’s authenticity could not be independently verified, but al-Qaida in Iraq’s leader, Abu Musab al-Zar-qawi, has often denounced Shiites because of religious differences and their leading role in the government.
Iraqi police also said the attackers may have been policemen or students, fresh evidence that insurgents have infiltrated the country’s security forces. President Bush has linked an eventual U.S. troop withdrawal to the ability of Iraq's army and police to combat the insurgents.
The attack was the deadliest against security Iraqi forces since Feb. 28, when a suicide car bomber struck a crowd of mostly Shiite police and army recruits in Hillah, killing 125. In September, at least 88 people were killed in a suicide cai bombing in a heavily Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
U.S. and Iraqi officials have warned of an increase in insurgent attacks ahead of the Dec. 15 elections. Residents of Ramadi reported seeing fliers Tuesday in the name of al-Qaida in Iraq warning people not to vote and threatening to bomb polling stations.
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