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Sami al-Haj – freed in May after over six years – to launch legal action along with other prisoners against former US president
An al-Jazeera reporter who was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay plans to launch a joint legal action with other detainees against former US president George Bush and other administration officials...
"Torture is continuing in Guantánamo ," al-Haj said. "Obama needs to close Guantánamo immediately.
"The purpose of our organisation is to open a case against the Bush administration," said co-founder Sami al-Haj, an al-Jazeera reporter from Sudan who was illegally detained by US authorities for over six years after being captured while he was working as a cameraman. He was freed in May 2008. "We need to start our organisation first and then we will prepare a whole case. We don't want to do this case by case," said the 40-year-old journalist during a recent visit to Oslo. "We are in the process of collecting information from all the people, such as medical evidence. It takes time," he said. He added: "I need them to go to court … we don't want [what happened to us] to be repeated again."