Pentagon orders probe into Marine's report of Guantanamo detainee abuse James M Yoch Jr at 12:10 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Inspector General [official website] on Friday announced that the armed force's Southern Command [official website] has been ordered to investigate [press release] allegations that detainee abuse is occurring at the military facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Last week, USMC Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, who represents Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], filed a complaint [JURIST report] based on comments a Marine paralegal allegedly overheard while visiting the prison. According to the paralegal, military guards suggested that abuse - including the arbitrary denial of privileges, physically striking detainees, and depriving the detainees of hydration - was "common practice" and laughed at stories of how prisoners had been handled.
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