GITMO inmate is first to give an interview from insideApril 15th, 2009 - 7:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr.15 (ANI): A Guantanamo inmate captured in Afghanistan at the age of 14 has become the first to give an interview from inside the camp. Chad terror suspect Al-Guarani is one of a number of Guantanamo prisoners whose release has been ordered by an American judge. Evidence that he had fought with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan was found to be “unreliable”.
According to The Telegraph, Al-Guarani spoke to a former Guantanamo inmate who works for al-Jazeera, the international Arabic television channel.
Al-Guarani said he had refused to leave his cell because he “not been granted his rights”, such as to interact with other inmates and eat “normal food”.
A group of six soldiers wearing protective gear and helmets came into the cell, he said.
“They had a thick rubber or plastic baton they beat me with. They emptied out about two canisters of tear gas on me. After I stopped talking, and tears were flowing from my eyes, I could hardly see or breathe. They then beat me again to the ground. One of them held my head and beat it against the ground. I started screaming to his senior ‘See what he’s doing, see what he’s doing’ [but] his senior started laughing and said ‘He’s doing his job’, said al Guarani.
“He broke one of my front teeth. Of course they didn’t film the blood, they filmed my back so it doesn’t show.”
Journalists who visit the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba have to sign a document agreeing not to speak to the prisoners.
He is currently held in Camp Iguana, a transitional camp for those whose release has been ordered where they are given greater privileges, including the telephone calls.
Amnesty International says that at least four Guantanamo captives were under 18 when they were captured, and some were as young as 13. (ANI)
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