The lockup where US military guards tortured and humiliated Iraqi prisoners west of Baghdad has reopened with fresh paint and a new name in a bid to shed its notorious reputation.
Mohammed al-Zeidi, the assistant director of the Iraqi Rehabilitation Department, insisted the new prison would be operated in accordance with international standards.
`All kinds of human rights violations took place in this prison. So we felt that it was our duty to rehabilitate the prison,` he said on Saturday during a press tour of the grounds.
`We turned it into something like a resort not prison. The first step was to change the name.`
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Image: An Iraqi security officer stands guard outside the newly opened Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 21, 2009