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Graphic video shows torture of Roumieh inmates; uproar continues
Leaked videos showing the torture of Islamist inmates has sparked a political controversy in Lebanon, forcing Lebanese politicians to respond to allegations of ill-treatment in the country’s notorious Roumieh prison.
The graphic videos show at least two guards repeatedly striking shirtless prisoners seated on the floor with their hands behind their backs. Some had been stripped down to their underwear and beaten with a green hose, according to videos.
Other clips show a second guard taunting and insulting a bearded detainee while repeatedly hitting him. The detainee can be heard begging for mercy, and later kicked in the face.
One guard can be heard shouting: “Lower your voice or I’ll put your eyes out.”