Disgraced French general and Algeria torturer dies

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General Paul Aussaresses was convicted in 2003 for defending torture after admitting his role at the head of “death squad” during the Algerian War.

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Disgraced former French general Paul Aussaresses, who was stripped of his rank in 2003 for admitting and defending the use of torture during the Algerian War, has died aged 95, according to a veterans’ association, reports FRANCE 24.

Aussaresses, head of military intelligence in Algiers in 1957, admitted in an interview with French daily Le Monde in 2000 that he had “no remorse and no regrets” for the acts of torture he had carried out.

"Once you have seen with your own eyes as I did, civilians, men, women, and children quartered, disembowelled and nailed to doors [by the rebels], you are changed for life,” he said. “What feelings can anyone have towards those who perpetrated such barbaric acts and their accomplices?"

In 2001 Aussaresses published his memoir “The Battle of the Casbah: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Algeria 1955-1957”, in which he wrote that the French government had “ignored, if not openly recommended” the use of torture.

The book, and subsequent unrepentant press interviews, led to then-French President Jacques Chirac stripping Aussaresses of his Légion d’Honneur, as well as his rank as general and his right to wear the French uniform.

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