Sunday Tribune

Tales of torture at Guantánamo Bay


OVER 15 years, the US detained hundreds of people at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

There was only one civil trial, of Tanzanian Ahmed Ghailani, who was acquitted of 284 of the 285 charges against him, including terrorism.

Held for 12 years, Mohamedou Ould Slahi kept a diary of his life there before guards took it.

A seven-year legal battle ensued over the book’s release. It is now available in book stores and describes his torture, in the form of physical and sexual abuse.

Almost 800 prisoners were detained, some tortured, in the camp, using “enhanced techniques” including waterboard­ing, and being stripped naked and confined in dark cells for lengthy periods.

Today 55 prisoners remain on the island, with 19 cleared for release. The US and others should speak up as to who is responsibl­e for the detentions. E PEEK Glenwood

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