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"Mental torture": Gitmo inmate testifies against guards at US prison camp

03 June 2016
"Mental torture": Gitmo inmate testifies against guards at US prison camp

A Somali detainee at Guantánamo Bay has accused guards at the high-security Camp 7 of using "mental torture" against inmates. He testified as a witness in a case against inhumane treatment at the US facility in Cuba, backing up claims by another inmate.

"They have mental torturing in the Camp 7," Guleed Hassan Dourad said at a pretrial hearing for Yemeni defendant Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, according to Reuters.

Guleed described vibrations in his cell floor, a constant "stinky smell" and noises that sounded "like someone on the roof… hitting hammer."

"I experienced noises, smells, and the vibrations [in the cell]…That’s what made me come here [to court] to testify that we have mental torture in Camp 7," Sputnik news agency cited him as saying.

Guleed has been held at Guantánamo for nine years and nine months, but has never been charged. The Somali national spent most of that time at Camp 7, a high-security unit holding CIA-captured prisoners, where he was moved in 2006. The unit is run by a secret US Army unit called Task Force Platinum and has been accused of abuse and torture against inmates.

Now, Guleed is one of the witnesses in the case of Bin al-Shibh, one of the five defendants in the 9/11 war crimes case, who has long been accusing Guantánamo guards of subjecting his cell to constant noise and vibration.

Source: Russia Today
Photo: telegraph.co.uk

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