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Former CIA 'ghost detainee' describes interrogation abuses in Amnesty report

[JURIST] A former CIA "ghost detainee" [JURIST news archive] detailed torture and abuse by agency interrogators at Iraq's Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison and a secret CIA facility in Afghanistan in an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text] released Friday. Khaled Abdu Ahmed Saleh al-Maqtari, a Yemeni national, was held for a total of 32 months after being arrested in Fallujah in January 2004. He was flown from Afghanistan to another secret CIA prison believed to be in Eastern Europe before he was returned to Yemen and released in May 2007. Al-Maqtari says that while in US custody he was exposed to, among other things, beatings, sleep deprivation, and near freezing water meant to induce hypothermia.

Amnesty International said that at no time was al-Maqtari told why or where he was being held. Amnesty says that the US violated international human rights laws when al-Maqtari was barred from contacting his family, a lawyer, or the International Committee of the Red Cross. AFP has more.

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