updated 4/12/2007 3:08:16 PM ET 2007-04-12T19:08:16

Jail guards at a federal lockup have been charged with viciously beating two inmates and in one case trying to conceal the attack by making it look like a suicide attempt.

An indictment unsealed Thursday charges 11 former and current corrections officers at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn with violating the civil rights of the two inmates in separate assaults in 2002 and 2006.

The defendants, including a high-ranking supervisor, were to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors allege that one victim was beaten and stomped for “disrespecting” the supervisor named in the indictment. Afterward, the guards allegedly rigged a bedsheet with a noose on the bars of the cell to make it look as if the victim tried to hang himself.

Three of the defendants also are named in a pending lawsuit filed in 2002 that alleges MDC guards routinely abused Muslim men who were arrested after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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