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Germany Condemns Abu Ghraib-Like Abuse as Cases Increase

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government condemned possible abuses against refugees at German shelters after photos and videos surfaced reminiscent of maltreatment by U.S. guards at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

Police are investigating at least eight security guards at two facilities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Johannes Daheim, spokesman for the regional prosecutor, said today by phone. German media showed a photo of a guard with his foot on the neck of a bound refugee, and a video of an asylum seeker being forced to sit on a mattress covered in vomit.