BAGHDAD, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- An Iraqi police official says some of the 13 detainees transferred from a Ministry of the Interior jail to a hospital appeared to have been tortured.
The official told CNN they had been beaten and given electric shocks.
Inspectors visited the prison, which housed 625 men, last week. They ordered the release of 56 of the 625 inmates and the transfer of 75 more to relieve overcrowding.
The inspection followed the discovery in November of another detention center where 160 men were being held in poor conditions, some of them malnourished and some with marks of torture. U.S. troops investigated the center after receiving a complaint from an inmate's family.
The Iraqi government says the Interior Ministry and Ministry of Human Rights are working together to correct problems with overcrowding and to ensure all inmates are properly treated.
"We do not tolerate any violation of human rights for detainees," Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said.