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A Sampling of Detainees Currently Tortured through Forced-Feeding

16 May

Guantánamo prison spokesmen refuse to identify the hunger strikers. But the Justice Department has been notifying the attorneys of captives who have become so malnourished that they require forced-feedings. Attorneys for 12 of the men have, in turn, notified The Miami Herald of their identities.

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MOATH AL ALWI, about 35, a Yemeni man whose lawyer Ramzi Kassem received notice he was injured during the April 13 raid on the communal Camp 6 that put the once showcase prison under lockdown, and treated. Kassem said Alwi was shot in the chest with rubber bullet pellets. A federal judge upheld Alwi’s indefinite detention on Dec 30, 2008, denying his habeas corpus petition. He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court.

 

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TARIQ BA AWDAH, 34, a Yemeni man whose lawyer says he’s been on an uninterrupted hunger strike since February 2007. “I haven’t tasted food for over six years,” he wrote his lawyer, Omar Farah, in April. “The feeding tube has been introduced into my nose and snaked into my stomach thousands and thousands of times.” He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court, and his status is not known.

 

 

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AHMED BELBACHA, 44, an Algerian man whom the Obama administration disclosed last year has been cleared for release. His lawyers report him as saying, 

“the experience of being force-fed is excruciating…They began feeding me by nasal catheter. The guard entered the tube through my nose, and then pumped the feeder. The food rushed into my stomach so quickly. I asked him to reduce the speed. He not only refused, but went so far as to increase the feeder pump to its maximum speed. After he finished his work, he roughly pulled the tube from my nose, threw it onto me, and left the room.” 

He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court.

 

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NABIL HADJARAB, 33, an Algerian man whom the Obama administration disclosed last year has been cleared for release. 

“[t]hey put you on a chair…it reminds me of an execution chair. Your legs and arms are tied with belts. Your shoulders are tied with belts. If you refuse to let them put the tube in, they force your head back.” 

He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court.

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JIHAD DIYAB, 41, a Syrian man, former driver for the Syrian Air Force, left Syria with his family in May 2000 and traveled to Kabul, via Iran and Pakistan to start a business selling honey. The Obama administration disclosed last year has been cleared for release. He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court.

 

 

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MOHAMMED AL-HAMIRI, in his 30s, a Yemeni man whom the Obama administration disclosed last year has been cleared for release. “The U.S. government has all the power in its hands: If it wants us to walk out of Guantánamo on our feet, they can make it so. If they want us to leave Guantánamo in coffins, they can do that too.” He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court.

 

 

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MOHAMMED HAIDAR, about 35, a Yemeni man who has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court and whose status is not known.

 

 

 

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YASIN ISMAEL, in his 30s, a Yemeni man who has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo’s war court and whose status is not known. In many reports, including the following by the Center for Constitutional Rights on the use of Immediate Reaction Force (IRF) teams, Yasin Ismael accounts of torture have been recorded:

…He eventually fell asleep on the floor of the cage, but hours later he was awakened by the sound of an IRF team entering the cage in the dark. The team shackled him, and he put up no resistance. They then beat him. They blocked his nose and mouth until he felt that he would suffocate, and hit him repeatedly in the ribs and head. They then took him back to his cell. As he was being taken back, a guard urinated on his head. Mr. Ismail was badly injured and his ear started to bleed, leaving a large stain on his pillow. The attack on Mr. Ismail was confirmed by at least one other detainee.

 

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FAYEZ AL KANDARI, 35, a Kuwaiti who at one point was considered for prosecution at the Guantánamo war court.”Each time Colonel Wingard [lawyer] travels to Gitmo to visit me, my first question to him is ‘Have you found justice for me today?’ And sadly he has answered every time: ‘Unfortunately, Fayez, I have no justice today’.” His name is not among those the Obama administration has disclosed as cleared for release.

 

 

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SAMIR MUKBEL, a Yemeni is in his 30s whose attorney helped him tell his story recently in a column published in The New York Times. “I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.” His name is not among those the Obama administration has disclosed as cleared for release, and his status is not known.

 

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ABDUL RAHMAN SHALABI, 35, a Saudi man who was on hunger strike before the latest protests and has reportedly been largely tube fed since 2005. He has never been charged with a crime and his detention status is not known.

 

 

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UTHMAN ABDUL RAHIM MOHAMMED UTHMAN, 32, a Yemeni who won his habeas corpus lawsuit on Feb. 24, 2010 but lost after the U.S. government appealed to the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, which overturned the release order on March 29, 2011. He has never been charged with a crime and his detention status is not known.

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Biographies, News Items

 

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