It seems that prisoners being held by the US in Guantanamo Bay have been shown photos of Saddam Hussein, hanging from a rope following his execution.
That at least is the case according to lawyers for David Hicks, Australia's only Guantanamo inmate.
Joshua Dratel, the lead American lawyer for Hicks, said that pictures of Saddam's trial were also shown to detainees, along with articles about executions carried out by extremists.
"Displaying photos of condemned men to those who may be facing capital charges can only be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate and compel submission under a threat of death and mentally torture an already abused detainee population."
A spokesman for Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said:
"This is the first we've heard of it. Mr Hicks did not take the issue up with the consul-general when he had the opportunity, nor has the legal team made an approach to us to follow it up with the Americans.
It's very hard to attempt to verify some of these claims if Mr Hicks himself doesn't feel the need to raise it with us directly."