Police officers accused of ‘waterboarding’ suspects

10Jun09

Police watchoriginally published:
10th June 2009

Six Metropolitan Police officers have been suspended over allegations of subjecting suspects to “waterboarding” – the CIA interrogation technique that simulates the experience of drowning – during a drugs raid in north London last November.

The claims are part of a leaked inquiry into alleged institutional corruption among officers in Enfield, which also includes accusations that police evidence was fabricated and suspects’ property stolen. Senior police officers are most concerned by the claim that officers used the interrogation technique on four suspects during a raid on a series of properties in north London. They are understood to have pushed the suspects’ heads into buckets of water in a bid to force them to reveal the locations of drugs.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said a police employee had raised concerns about the conduct of a small number of officers during an internal investigation into allegations of mishandling of property. He added: “Whilst the investigation is ongoing it is not appropriate to make assumptions. That said, these are serious allegations that do raise real concern. The Met does not tolerate conduct which falls below the standards that the public and the many outstanding Met officers and staff expect. Any allegations of such behaviour are treated very seriously, as this case illustrates, and if found true the strongest possible action will be taken.”

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