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Friday, May 18, 2012

Afghan Guantanamo detainee died in apparent suicide
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On May 18, 2011, US Southern Command announced that a Guantanamo Bay detainee known as Inayatullah was found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide. In 2007, the families of two other Guantanamo detainees who committed suicide filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the United States and 24 government officials, including former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Their suit was dismissed by the US District Court for the District of Columbia and affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit following appeal. The military has responded to concerns by attempting to improve the conditions of the prison facilities at Guantanamo Bay.

Read an overview of Guantanamo Bay at Features.

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