French soldiers accused of torturing civilians in Congo

French soldiers have been accused by the Swedish military of torturing civilians while on Operation Artemis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.

French soldiers accused of torturing civilians in Congo
The European Union ordered about 1,500 soldiers to go to the DR Congo in an effort to provide safety to civilians and stop thieves plundering the region in 2003, Deustche Welle reported.

"The Foreign Ministry is not aware of the report. We will examine the issue," a spokeswoman said.

An investigation of the torture allegations found it is likely they are true, the report said.

The Swedish television news magazine, Uppdrag Granskning, reported Swedish soldiers saw French soldiers participating in hours of torture involving a Congolese man in civilian dress, allegedly choking and beating him.

Agencies
Last Mod: 30 Mart 2008, 16:53
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