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A judge in France is asking US President Barack Obama to hand over papers detailing the allegedly torturous stay that three Frenchmen experienced while detained at Guantanamo Bay.
Investigating judge Sophie Clement has filed a formal international request to officials in the US insisting that the Obama administration allow French authorities to not just inspect papers that chronicle the detention of three citizens of France at the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but that Washington approve a visit to the facility itself.
According to the report, which the Associated Press obtained a copy of on Tuesday this week, Judge Clement says that the three detained Frenchmen — Nizar Sassi, Mourad Benchellali and Khaled Ben Mustapha — were subjected to gross mistreatment at Gitmo, ranging from rape to torture. All three men were arrested in late 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks while on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. While they were released back into French custody back in 2004 and 2005, the span in-between was spent in the elusive torture cells of one of the world’s most infamous and mysterious prisons.
While held at Gitmo for upwards of 17 months, the Frenchmen say that they were stripped naked and forced to pose in the nude atop other detainees. Other sexual humiliation acts were waged and American authorities would blast loud music to keep them from sleeping. Practicing Muslims, the men say that their copies of the Koran were discarded in a pile of their own excrement by US soldiers keeping guard.
The request is the third indication in less than a week that international authorities have renewed their interest in the legality of Bush-era policies on the treatement of war-on-terror captives. On Friday, a Spanish judge decided to go forward with torture investigations involving four other former Guantanamo captives now living in Europe, one day after British authorities said they would probe British links to a CIA-organized rendition program that delivered opponents of now dead Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to Libya, where they allege they were tortured. Read more here: www.miamiherald.com...=cpy
Originally posted by Toffeeapple
How the hell have those depraved animals,Bush and Blair, stayed out of prison!?!
Khadr is the last Western prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He has been held at the American naval base since October 2002, accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.
Khadr was 15 at the time. His defence team argued that their client was a child soldier and should be treated as a victim.
Prosecutors did not have a witness who saw Khadr throw the grenade, but the Pentagon said he was the only al-Qaeda fighter left alive and the only person who could have thrown the grenade.
However, a U.S. soldier who took part in the battle said in sworn testimony that two al-Qaeda fighters were alive after the fatal grenade attack.