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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 557-05
June 03, 2005

Statement by Pentagon Spokesman Mr. Lawrence Di Rita on BG Hood Inquiry

In 31,000 documents covering 28,000 interrogations and countless thousands interactions with detainees, having issued 1,600 Korans,Southcom found 5 incidents of apparent mishandling by guards or interrogators and 15 incidents of mishandling and outright desecration by detainees.

Southcom's policy of Koran handling is obviously serious, respectful, and appropriate. The Hood enquiry confirms that.

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