Osamas former driver claims he was groped by female Gitmo guard

July 16th, 2008 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI  


Washington, July 16 (ANI): A former drive of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, has claimed that he was sexually humiliated and groped by a touchy-feely female interrogator at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
According to the New York Post, a lawyer representing Salim Ahmed Hamdan, said the woman put her hand on his thigh and behaved in an “improper” way that made him uncomfortable as a Muslim.
“She came very close with her whole body toward me,” he testified through an interpreter. “I couldn”t do anything.”
Hamdan, a 37-year-old Yemeni, became visibly disturbed when his lawyer asked him about the female interrogator.
He refused to specifically enunciate where the woman touched him - instead he pointed to his waist.
Hamdan is scheduled to face trial next week by a US military tribunal on charges of conspiracy and providing support to terrorism. He faces up to life in prison.
Other male prisoners in Gitmo have described similarly provocative encounters with female interrogators at the military prison.
In Islam such contact between an unmarried man and woman is considered haraam - extremely forbidden.
Prosecutors scoffed at Hamdan’’s allegation and challenged his credibility - arguing that he has lied to his captors about the details of his capture.
Hamdan was nabbed at a roadblock in Afghanistan in November 2001 and is accused of helping his boss, terror mastermind bin Laden, escape just after the US invasion.
Hamdan is one of 20 detainees facing charges at Guantanamo, where the United States holds roughly 265 men for links to al Qaeda or the Taliban. (ANI)

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