In order to best carry out this form of torture, the accused was placed on a kind of "rack" that consisted, in one of its forms, of a large table with a raised center.
After tying the hands and feet of the victim to the edges of this table, the torturer proceeded with his work in one of several ways. One of these methods involved forcing the victim to swallow large amounts of water with the help of a funnel, then striking his swollen and arched abdomen repeatedly with heavy blows. Another form of water torture involved inserting a cloth tube into the mouth of the victim, forcing it as deep as possible into his throat. The tube was then filled slowly with water, swelling up and choking the victim. If that weren't enough, the tube would then be pulled violently from the victim's throat, causing internal abrasions, only to be inserted again and the process repeated. The final version uses a stream of water. In this case, the individual being tortured would be placed naked on a table and, for hours and hours, would be sprayed with a fine jet of ice cold water. It's interesting to note that this form of torture, in all of its variations, was considered "light," and any eventual confession obtained through this technique was considered by the courts to be "spontaneous" and obtained without the application of torture.