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Torture of Bataclan Victims Reportedly Hidden by French Officials

Torture of Bataclan Victims Reportedly Hidden by French Officials
A person is being evacuated after a shooting in the Bataclan theater in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

By    |   Friday, 15 July 2016 02:39 PM

The French government suppressed testimony about brutal torture carried out by the killers at the Bataclan in Paris last year, according to Mediaite

"On the causes of the death of my son A., at the forensic institute in Paris, I was told, and what a shock it was for me at that moment, they had cut off his testicles, had put them in his mouth, and he was disemboweled," read a letter a victim's father sent to the president of the committee.

An unidentified investigator testified in Parliament that the killers gouged out eyes, castrated and beheaded some of their victims.

"Bodies have not been presented to families because there were beheaded people there, the murdered people, people who have been disemboweled. There are women who had their genitals stabbed," the witness said, according to a translation via Heat Street.

"Some of the bodies found at the Bataclan were extremely mutilated by the explosions and weapons, to the point that it was sometimes difficult to reconstruct the dismembered bodies," the prosecutor responded, pointing out that no sharp knife was found at the scene.

In a letter to the investigating committee, one father described his victimized son as so disfigured that he could only recognize half of his son's face. Responding to questions about the father's statements, the investigator replied that "injuries described (by) this father may also have been caused by automatic weapons, by explosions or projections of nails and bolts that have resulted."

Asked by a member of the committee if any of those weapons could have left a man's testicles in his own mouth, the prosecutor replied: "I do not have that information."

The Centre for Research on Globalization reported on Monday that six or eight French military personnel were stationed at the Bataclan entrance on the night of the attack. They were a part of the Ministry of Defense's Sentinelle project, which began in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Their mandate, according to the Centre, is "to protect the French people and provide security in support of the Internal Security Forces (FSI) at the most sensitive locations in Paris and the provinces."

The soldiers didn't engage the attackers because their rules of engagement didn't permit it.

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