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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- An Afghan prisoner held by the U.S. military in the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba has been denied the right to call witnesses at a tribunal hearing, being told their evidence would be "irrelevant".
The prisoner made an impassioned plea for his release, telling the U.S. military tribunal that he worked as an assistant cook for Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime but was never an enemy of America and never will be.
"I swear to God I was never an enemy of America and I never will be," said the prisoner, whose name the media is also prohibited from releasing. "I don't know why I'm still here."
The man has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years....
During the session, the detainee -- with black curly hair and wearing a black prayer cap -- said he was captured by the Taliban while buying tea and sugar in his village, and was later brought to Kandahar and Kabul, where he worked as an assistant cook. No dates were given.
He said his duties included bringing food to the Taliban fighters. He said he was never given a weapon, nor did he receive weapons training.
"If you keep me here for 10 years I'll still be the same person," he said. "If you let me go there will be no threat from me. You're wasting food and time on me because I'm not worth it."