Syria justice ministry says torture report 'politicised' , photos 'fake'
Syria justice ministry says torture report 'politicised' , photos 'fake'
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Syrian justice ministry on Wednesday dismissed a report alleging mass torture and killing by the country's government as "politicised" calling the shocking photos in the document "fake".

"The justice ministry completely denies the veracity of the report", Syrian state news agency SANA quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

The ministry said "It is a politicised report that lacks objectivity and professionalism".

The comments came in response to the publication of a report alleging the "industrial-scale" torture and murder of 11,000 detainees .

The report put together by a British law firm and commissioned by Qatar - which backs the Syrian opposition militants- says there is "clear evidence" of the starvation, strangulation and beating of detainees in Syrian prison.

It is based on forensic analysis of a portion of 55,000 digital images smuggled out of Syria by a defector who served as a police photographer, documenting as many as 50 bodies a day.

But Syria's justice ministry dismissed the photographic evidence as false.

The ministry said "anyone who works in the field of criminal investigation can tell that these photos are fakes and bear no relation to prisoners or detainees in Syrian prisons".

 The statement said some of those in the photos were "foreign terrorists" killed during attacks on government forces, and others had been killed or tortured to death by "armed terrorist groups".

"Syrian prisons... are in accordance with internationally recognised best standards of justice", the statement added.

The ministry said the report, which was released two days before the start of Syrian peace talks in the Swiss town of Montreux, was intended "to undermine efforts to bring peace to Syria".

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