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Ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee describes systematic torture

[JURIST] Recently released Turkish-German Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty profile] has told Turkey's CNN Turk [media website, in Turkish] that while he was at the US military prison he was subjected to systematic torture at the hands of US personnel, including electric shocks, having his head submerged in water and being shackled to the ceiling for days at a time. Kurnaz also alleged Monday that guards sometimes refused to feed him, once for 20 days. He made similar claims [JURIST report] through his lawyer while still a prisoner at the US detention facility.

Kurnaz spent almost five years at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] before being returned to Germany [JURIST report] in August after German authorities pressed for his release [JURIST report]. In October, Germany began a probe [JURIST report] into whether Kurnaz was abused by German soldiers in Afghanistan before he was transferred to Guantanamo. The German Defense Ministry has denied the allegations [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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