Guantanamo detainee alleges abuse in charge dismissal bid

[JURIST] An Afghan detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Wednesday moved to have all charges against him dismissed, alleging that he has been tortured in US custody. In a motion filed by his military defense lawyer, Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] said that he has been subjected to abusive treatment, including the so-called "frequent-flier program," in which certain inmates are moved between cells at two to four hour intervals in an attempt to cause physical stress through sleep deprivation. AP has more.

Jawad was charged [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] in February with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious bodily injury in a December 2002 grenade attack in Kabul that injured two US soldiers and an Afghan translator. In March, Jawad appeared at a pretrial hearing before a military commission, alleging that he had been mistreated while in custody, and asked to boycott his trial [JURIST report]. Jawad was the fourth Guantanamo detainee to be formally charged with war crimes under the 2006 Military Commissions Act [PDF text].

 

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