‘Waterboarding techniques’ used to assault inmate

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Two inmates at the Brandon Correctional Centre are facing a litany of charges after a series of alleged assaults, including waterboarding another inmate.

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Two inmates at the Brandon Correctional Centre are facing a litany of charges after a series of alleged assaults, including waterboarding another inmate.

On June 24, police received the initial report of the assault, which reportedly took place over two months.

During that time, a 24-year-old inmate and a 28-year-old inmate allegedly tied up another man with bed sheets and assaulted him with various objects, including chairs, slippers, pencils and towels. Police say they also put the man, 28, in a chokehold, put garbage bags over his head and used “waterboarding techniques.”

The alleged victim was afraid to come forward to corrections officers about the assault, said Brandon Police Service public information officer Sgt. Kirby Sararas.

There are opportunities for privacy and for inmates to be alone in jail, she said, and the attackers are alleged to have threatened to kill and seriously injure the man if he reported the abuse. He reportedly had minor injuries as a result of the assaults.

Manitoba Justice is co-operating with the criminal investigation and takes the allegations “very seriously,” a provincial spokesperson said in an email.

“The province regularly reviews policies and processes when incidents such as this are reported,” the emailed statement reads.

Officers arrested the suspects Tuesday at the provincial jail, according to police. They were charged with assault, assault with a weapon, assault by choking, criminal harassment and uttering threats.

The charge is not laid as torture, as the alleged attackers were not in positions of authority, according to Sararas.

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