Iraq embassy following up on its 'tortured' detainee

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Iraqi embassy is in the midst of making representations to the Malaysian government regarding its citizen who has alleged torture after being nabbed under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

In an email to Malaysiakini , ambassador Amal Moussa Hussein's office said the embassy is doing so "through the Malaysian official channels".

"The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq would like to...inform you that the Embassy is following up the Iraqi detainee's case matter through the Malaysian official channels," the email read.

It added that the affairs of Iraqi citizens currently held by Malaysian authorities is of its concern and part of the embassy's duties.

Malaysiakini last month reported ISA detainees, including Iraqi Sami Hammad, claimed torture by authorities during the initial 60 day remand period, prior to being sent to the Kamunting detention camp.

In notes smuggled out of the camp, Sami and several others had detailed how they were tortured, pushing Sami to attempt suicide several times.

The Iraqi later confirmed to his lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri that he was among others, assaulted, had his body smeared with chilli paste and had nude photographs of him taken, during the remand period.

Police had earlier dismissed claims made in the 'torture notes' as "malicious" and "baseless", and have not responded to Malaysiakini' s queries on Sami's claims.

Twelfth day of hunger strike

Meanwhile, today marks the 12th day of hunger strike by Malaysian ISA detainee Fadzullah Abdul Razak.

Fadzullah and another detainee Razali Kassan, began a fresh hunger strike to demand for freedom following an earlier one in May.

They were soon joined by seven other detainees on June 26.

Razali ended his strike after he was hospitalised. His family, who visited yesterday morning claimed that Razali was beaten up in an attempt to make him end his strike.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday said that his ministry will respond to the strike "next week".

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