BBC NEWS | Americas | 'Guantanamo abuse boasts' probed

The Pentagon has ordered an inquiry into alleged abuses at Guantanamo Bay after reports that camp guards boasted of beating and mistreating detainees.

A marine sergeant who visited the camp has said she understood "striking detainees was a common practice".

The sergeant's sworn statement said she had overheard a guard describe slamming a detainee's head into a cell door.

The US has meanwhile rejected a call by British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett to close Guantanamo Bay.

BBC NEWS | Americas | 'Guantanamo abuse boasts' probed


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