Australain Detainee Tortured in U.S. Custody


SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 12 - Mamdouh Habib still has a bruise on his lower
back. He says it is a sign of the beatings he endured in a prison in Egypt.
Interrogators there put out cigarettes on his chest, he says, and he lifts
his shirt to show the marks. He says he got the dark spot on his forehead
when Americans hit his head against the floor at the prison at Guantánamo
Bay, Cuba.

After being arrested in Pakistan in the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, he was
held as a terror suspect by the Americans for 40 months. Back home now, Mr.
Habib alleges that at every step of his detention - from Pakistan, to
Egypt, to Afghanistan, to Guantánamo - he endured physical and
psychological abuse.

The physical abuse, he said, ranged from a kick "that nearly killed me" to
electric shocks administered through a wired helmet that he said
interrogators told him could detect whether he was lying

 


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