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Gonzales insists US did not send prisoners abroad to be tortured

[JURIST] In an interview with three news agencies Monday, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales denied renewed allegations that pursuant to an executive order issued after the September 11 attacks the CIA had flown as many as 150 terror suspects to foreign jurisdictions where they would be tortured. The New York Times published a story containing the allegations Sunday, picking up on individual reports and claims by former detainees that have been circulating for some time [JURIST report]. Gonzales acknowledged, however, that once prisoners were turned over to countries like Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Pakistan, whose various security services have all been cited by the State Department for abusing detainees, there was little the United States could do, although he said the US did require "additional assurances" from those countries that prisoners arriving there would not be maltreated. Reuters has more.

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