Briton Freed from Guantanamo Tells of Abuse



PARIS (AP) - A Briton released from the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, told Europe's top human rights body Friday he was beaten, shackled,
kept in a cramped cage and fed rotten food as part of "systematic abuse" in
custody.

Jamal al-Harith's testimony before a Council of Europe panel came as part
of an inquiry by the body into human rights abuses at the U.S. prison camp
to be made public in a report due out early next year.

Reading from a 10-page statement, al-Harith described his two-year
detention at Guantanamo Bay as a period of continual mistreatment that
ranged from humiliation and 15-hour interrogations to physical abuse he
said left scars.

At one point, al-Harith said he refused to take an unidentified injection
and was chained up and attacked by five men wearing helmets, body armour
and shields.

"They jumped on my legs and back and they kicked and punched me," said the
37-year-old website designer and father of three from Manchester, England.

"Then I was put in isolation for a month."

Al-Harith said he was kept mostly in a wire cage and given food marked "10
to 12 years beyond their usable date," as well as "black and rotten" fruit.
Sometimes, unmuzzled dogs were brought to the cage and encouraged to bark,
he said

 


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