Friday, May 20, 2005
CNN: Red Cross warned U.S. over Quran in 2003, no abuse reports since - May 20
From Elise Labott
CNN Washington Bureau
Thursday, Posted: 11:29 PM EDT (0329 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross gathered "credible" reports about U.S. personnel at the Guantanamo Bay naval base disrespecting the Quran and raised the issue with the Pentagon several times, a group spokesman said Thursday.
Simon Schorno said the allegations were made by detainees to Red Cross representatives who visited the detention facility throughout 2002 and 2003.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Thursday the Pentagon in 2003 issued strict guidelines on how U.S. personnel should handle the Quran.
Schorno said the Red Cross heard no more allegations about mishandling of the Quran after the guidelines were issued.
D.H.: So why is this news now?
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