US to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees

Holder orders pair of inquiries but drops nearly 100 others

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2011 4:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – The is-it-torture debate is probably going to rev up again: The Justice Department says it will launch criminal inquiries into the deaths of two detainees in US custody in 2002 and 2003, reports the Washington Post. Eric Holder gave the green light on the recommendation of federal prosecutor John Durham, who has been looking into CIA interrogations for two years now. Durham, however, said no charges were warranted in 99 other cases.

The two detainees were not identified, but the Post and Wall Street Journal identify them as:

  • Manadel al-Jamadi: The bomb-making suspect died at Abu Ghraib in 2003 while in CIA custody. A Navy SEAL was charged and acquitted in his death.
  • Gul Rahman: He died in 2002 at a CIA prison in Afghanistan known as the Salt Pit. He "was beaten and chained to a concrete floor without blankets," reports the Post.

In this undated file photo obtained by ABC News, a US service member poses with the body of Iraqi detainee Manadel al-Jamadi at Abu Ghraib.   (AP Photo/ABC News, File)
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a discussion on job development and strategies for the former incarcerated, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the Labor Department in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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