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Report: French Officials ‘Suppressed’ Evidence That ISIS Tortured Victims During Paris Attacks

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An inquiry conducted by the French National Assembly has revealed that French authorities suppressed eye-witness reports that Islamic State terrorists brutally tortured and mutilated victims at the Bataclan music hall during last November’s attacks in Paris.

ISIS terrorists reportedly gouged out victim’s eyes, castrated men, disemboweled several people, and stabbed women in the genitals, among other horrific crimes.  To make matters worse, investigators told the assembly that they believe the torture and mutilation of bodies was recorded on video to potentially be used in ISIS propaganda videos. In response, French medical staff did not initially release the bodies of those who were tortured to their families. Additionally, the assembly committee in charge of the investigation found that some French authorities intentionally suppressed reports of torture.

The President of the committee, Georges Fenech, read out a letter he received from one of the torture victims for the record.

“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,” said the father’s letter. ” I found that he had no right eye. I made the remark; I was informed that they had punctured his eye and  sliced down the right side of his face, where there was a very large hematoma that we could all see.”

After reading the letter, Fenech interrogated Paris chief of police Michele Cadot and other officials  as to why some French authorities were denying the torture allegations despite eye-witness reports.

Cadot said that because police found no “knife or other sharp device” at the scene, that they could not assess the veracity of the claims. Another official claimed that some of the bodies were mutilated at the Bataclan due to explosions.

Fenech pushed authorities on the question, asking if automatic weapons and explosions would have the ability to put a man’s testicles in his own mouth. The authorities responded that they did not have any information on that question.

The attacks on the Bataclan and several other targets in Paris on November 13, 2015 left 130 people dead and around 368 others wounded.

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