British sailor says Iranians taunted her with death

British sailor says Iranians taunted her with death
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First Published: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 04 27 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 04 27 AM IST
AFP
London: The female British sailor captured and held by Iran told the Sun newspaper in an interview that her captors stripped her, lied to her and suggested she might never see her baby again.
Hours after the defence ministry relaxed its ban on service personnel striking financial deals with media organisations, mother-of-one Faye Turney, 26, told the tabloid her interrogators taunted her with threats to her life.
“At one stage ... (the interrogator) asked me, ‘How do you feel about dying for your country?“ she told the paper.
“The next day, another interrogator said to me, ‘You don’t understand, you must cooperate with us. Do you not want to see your daughter again?“
For the first five days of the 13-day detention, Turney was also made to believe that the other 14 detainees — all men — had gone home, and she was the only one left.
“I was thrown into a tiny little cell and ordered to strip off,” Turney told the newspaper.
“They took everything from me apart from my knickers. Then some cotton pyjamas were thrown in for me to wear and four filthy blankets. The metal door slammed shut again.”
Newspaper reports on Sunday suggested the 15 captured sailors and marines could make up to 250,000 pounds ($496,000 dollars) between them, with Turney standing to net 150,000 pounds.
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First Published: Mon, Apr 09 2007. 04 27 AM IST
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