Prostitutes used in Gitmo torture, lawyer for Australian detainee says

[JURIST] Steven Hopper, lawyer for soon-to-be-released Australian Gitmo detainee Mamdouh Habib [background from Prisoners without Trials], has said that Habib has been subject to atrocities fit for a "vulgar concentration camp" while detained at Guantanamo Bay. Hopper said that interrogators told Habib they had killed his family and that prostitutes were used as part of the interrogations. Habib allegedly told his lawyer that a prostitute stood over him naked while he was strapped to the floor and menstruated on him. Habib is due to be released from Guantanamo Bay without charge [JURIST report], but his return to Australia has been delayed due to logistical problems [JURIST report]. Habib has also alleged that after his detention in Pakistan, US authorities transferred Habib to Egypt [JURIST report], where he was subjected to torture by beating, electric shock, and near-drowning. Last August, the US Defense Department released the results of an official investigation [DoD summary, PDF; JURIST report], which concluded that neither Habib or fellow Australian detainee David Hicks had been mistreated while at Guantanamo Bay. AAP has more on the latest abuse allegations.



 

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