DIA Cable re: Report of a Corrupt Iraqi Police Officer Working with Coalition Forces

This report concerns an Iraqi police officer, Muhammed Saddam, and by a Kuwaiti interpreter working with Coalition Forces reportedly used his position to target wealthy Iraqis for raids unless they paid him to be left alone. This report focuses on one detainee that was targeted by the pair. This detainee agreed to pay the extortion money in order to have harassing Coalition raids on his home stopped, but the detainee failed to pay the money. He was then seen on the street and confronted by Muhammed Saddam, who had him and his family members arrested and detained. The detainee states he and his family members were beaten and abused in custody because he would not pay the extortion. The abuse included beating the detainee for five hours with open hands and the hose from a water pipe. The Kuwaiti interpreter allegedly hit detainees and forced water bottles into the rectums of five or six mail detainees. Report contains physical description of Muhammed Saddam and the unnamed Kuwaiti interpreter.

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Friday, April 2, 2004
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ALL AROUND ADHEMIYAH, IZ IN PROTEST OF THE WAY HE INDISCRIMINATELY ARRESTS PEOPLE. HE CHANGES HIS APPEARANCE AS A RESULT OF HIS UNPOPULARITY, IN FEAR OF REPRISAL. ALSO FOR PURPOSES OF PERSONAL SAFETY, HE LIVES ON A COALITION POST, NFL MUHAMMED SADDAM WAS A BODYGUARD FOR SADDAM ((HUSSEIN))'S BROTHER WATBAN ((HUSSEIN)), BUT WAS FIRED, NF1. 5.7S7IIR4DESCRIPTION OF MUHAMMED SADDAM. THE DESCRIPTION OF MUHAMMED SADDAM IS AS FOLLOWS-
-AGE, 40-50 YEARS OLD:
--PLACE OF BIRTH, IZ;
--SEX, MALE;
--MARITAL STATUS, MARRIED TO A SUNNI MUSLIM WOMAN FROM

ADHEMIYAH, BAGHDAD, 1Z: —CITIZENSHIP, IZ; --FACIAL HAIR. HAD A BLACK-DYED MUSTACHE BUT SHAVED IT BEFORE
LAST TIME OBSERVED;
--TEETH, GOOD CONDITION;
--GLASSES, NO;
--COLOR OF EYES, BLACK;
—BALD, NO, HAIR RECEDING AT SIDES;
—HAIR, DYED BLACK AND CUT VERY SHORT;

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—HEIGHT, 65 INCHES;
—WEIGHT, 180-200 POUNDS;
—BUILD, FAT, HEAVY BUILD;
—CLOTHING, WESTERN CLOTHING;
—MEDIUM COMPLEXION;
--FACIAL FEATURES, ROUND, FAT FACE; ROUND NOSE;
--JEWELRY WORN, WEARS A WATCH ON RIGHT WRIST;
--AUTOMOBILE, BLUE FOUR DOOR LATE MODEL JAPANESE PICKUP.

6.7S77REb DESCRIPTION OF THE KUWAITI INTERPRETER. THE DESCRIPTION
OF THE KUWAITI INTERPRETER IS AS FOLLOWS--
--AGE, 50-60 YEARS OLD;
--PLACE OF BIRTH, KUWAIT;
--SEX, MALE;
--COLOR OF EYES, BLACK:
--BALD, NO;
--HAIR, SHORT BLACK WITH GREY HAIR;
--HEIGHT, 72 INCHES;
--BUILD, TALL, THIN, NARROW SHOULDERS;
--CLOTHING, PANTS AND SHIRT;

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--VOICE, STRONG VOICE:
--VERY DARK COMPLEXION;
--FACIAL FEATURES, LONG FACE; LONG NOSE; SLIGHT SQUINT.

COMMENTS: 1. AT LEAST TEN DETAINEES AT ABU GHURAYB PRISON. FROM DIFFERENT FAMILIES AND GROUPS, ALLEGE THAT MUHAMMED SADDAM ABUSED THEM AND ATTEMPTED TO EXTORT MONEY IN RETURN FOR THEIR RELEASE.
2. TS-PRE-44.DETAINEE IS WILLING TO POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE INDIVIDUALS DESCRIBED PROVIDED DETAINEE'S SAFETY IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. 3.75ftftE.14
NIGHT, MUHAMMED CAME TO DETAINEE'S HOUSE WITH COALITION FORCES AND SEARCHED IT, LOOKING FOR DETAINEE'S BROTHER. HE WALKED TO THE DETAINEES CAR. WHICH WAS PARKED IN A GUARDED PARKING LOT. DURING THE TEN MINUTE WALK, MUHAMMED SADDAM REPEATEDLY MENTIONED HIS BELIEF THAT DETAINEES FAMILY IS WEALTHY. DETAINEE PROMISED TO BRING THE BROTHER TO MUHAMMED SADDAM THE FOLLOWING DAY AND MUHAMMED AND THE COALITION FORCES PERSONNEL LEFT.
2. TS7YR€44SECOND CONTACT. TEN DAYS FOLLOWING HIS FIRST INTERACTION WITH DETAINEE, MUHAMMED SADDAM RETURNED, AGAIN WITH COALITION FORCES. THEY FIRED ON THE FRONT DOOR OF THE HOUSE AND BROKE IT DOWN. ENTERING THE HOUSE, MUHAMMED SADDAM TOLD THE RESIDENTS THAT THEY WERE RESISTING ARREST. HE THEN JOINED COALITION PERSONNEL IN SEARCHING THE HOUSE. MUHAMMED SADDAM WAS THE ONLY PERSON TO ENTER THE MASTER BEDROOM. WHEN HE LEFT, A SIZABLE QUANTITY OF CASH WAS MISSING FROM THE MASTER BEDROOM. DETAINEE WAS ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE US UNIT. DETAINEE SAT BLINDFOLDED AND HANDCUFFED IN A BASEMENT ROOM, AND WAS SPOKEN TO BY MUHAMMED SADDAM AND THE UNIT COMMANDER. MUHAMMED SADDAM ASKED IF DETAINEE WAS RELATED TO ANOTHER PARTY DETAINED FOR NEBULOUS REASONS WHO ALSO ALLEGED THAT MUHAMMED SADDAM ATTEMPTED TO EXTORT A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN RETURN FOR A CESSATION OF HARASSMENT. DETAINEE REPLIED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. MUHAMMED SADDAM TOLD DETAINEE THAT THE OTHER PARTY WAS VERY WEALTHY, AND THAT DETAINEE MUST GET 10,000 US DOLLARS FROM THAT PARTY FOR HIM. HE AND THE UNIT COMMANDER LEFT. DETAINEE REMAINED IN THE ROOM WITH THREE IRAQI MALES, ONE OF WHOM WAS ADDRESSED AS SIR. THE THREE IRAQIS BEAT DETAINEE FOR FIVE HOURS, USING OPEN HANDS AND THE HOSE FROM A NARGHILA FROM WHICH THEY WERE SMOKING. DETAINEE'S HAND OR WRIST WAS BROKEN DURING THE BEATING. THE FOLLOWING NIGHT DETAINEE WAS RELEASED. 3.751tR5 THIRD CONTACT. TWO MONTHS FOLLOWING THE SECOND CONTACT,
MUHAMMED SADDAM SAW DETAINEE WALKING ON THE STREET AND HAD DETAINEE ARRESTED BY THE COALITION FORCES HE WAS TRAVELING WITH. AT THE US UNIT, MUHAMMED SADDAM ASKED DETAINEE WHERE THE MONEY WAS THAT HE WAS EXPECTING. DETAINEE PROMISED TO GIVE HIM THE MONEY, BUT MUHAMMED SADDAM SAID THAT HE WOULD NOT ACCEPT PROMISES THIS TIME. LATE THAT NIGHT, DETAINEE WAS PUT IN A ROOM WITH DETAINEE'S SIBLINGS. DETAINEE REMAINED IN THAT ROOM FOR SEVERAL DAYS. DETAINEE AND SIBLINGS WERE SLAPPED REPEATEDLY FOR HOURS, BY MANY PEOPLE (NFI). UNDER THE BLINDFOLD. DETAINEE WAS ABLE TO SEE THE SIBLINGS AND THE OTHER PEOPLE, ALL MALES, WHO WERE BROUGHT IN. A KUWAITI INTERPRETER WAS PRESENT. THE INTERPRETER HIT THE DETAINEES, AND FORCED WATER BOTTLES
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-DETAINEE'S BROTHER WAS NOT OBSERVED TO BE ASSAULTED IN THIS WAY, BUT LATER SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN, INDICATING THAT THERE WAS MORE OF THIS TREATMENT THAN DETAINEE OBSERVED. DETAINEE DID NOT RECOGNIZE ANY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE ABUSE. DETAINEE IDENTIFIED A 1.5 LITER WATER BOTTLE AS BEING THE TYPE USED IN THE ABUSE). MUHAMMED SADDAM CAME AND WENT DURING THIS PERIOD. HE SAID REPEATEDLY THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE
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THE NEXT IRAQI MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR. ANOTHER BROTHER WAS BROUGHT IN, NAKED AND UNCONSCIOUS WITH BLOOD ON HIS HANDS AND LEGS. SEVERAL DAYS LATER, A DIFFERENT INTERPRETER TOLD DETAINEE THAT HE HAD DIED. IN THE ENSUING FOUR MONTHS OF CONFINEMENT, DETAINEE HAS SEEN OR HEARD NOTHING TO DISPROVE THIS REPORT.
4. T57,14€14.MUHAMMED SADDAM. PICTURES OF MUHAMMED SADDAM ARE POSTED
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COUNTRY: U IRAQ IZ IPSP: (U) SUBJ: IIR MOHAMMED SADDAM, CORRUPT IRAQI POLICE OFFICER COMMITTING ABUSE, TORTURE AND EXTORTION ON US BASE IN BAGHDAD (U) WARNING: (U) THIS IS AN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE. REPORT CLASSIFIED::
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SUMMARY:151tRil,IMUHAMMED SADDAM HAD DETAINEE ARRESTED BY COALITION FORCES WHEN HIS EXTORTION ATTEMPT FAILED. WHILE AT A COALITION BASE IN BAGHDAD DETAINEE WAS BEATEN AND OBSERVED TORTURE OF OTHER DETAINEES BY MUHAMMED SADDAM AND A KUWAITI INTERPRETER WORKING FOR COALITION FORCES. TEXT: 1. TST/RC-44 FIRST CONTACT. MUHAMMED SADDAM (LNU) IS AN IRAQI POLICE OFFICER WORKING FOR A UNITED STATES (US) ARMY UNIT LOCATED IN BAGHDAD, IRAQ (IZ). IN THE MIDDLE OF RAMADAN, MUHAMMED SADDAM ARRESTED DETAINEE'S BROTHER FOR REASONS UNKNOWN. DETAINEE SECURED THE BROTHER'S RELEASE AFTER SPEAKING WITH MOHAMMED SADDAM. THE FOLLOWING
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DERIVED FROM: (U) CJTF-7 SECURITY CLASSIFICATION AND MARKING GUIDE (VERSION 2), 18 SEPTEMBER 2003. DECLASSIFY ON: (U) X1. BT #5598 88C2 NNNN

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