Pakistani charges mental torture
at Guantanamo hearing
Wednesday May 16, 2007
A Pakistani resident of the United States charged he has been
"mentally tortured" by his jailors at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba and attempted suicide by chewing on an artery, a transcript
released Tuesday said.
Majid Khan presented a "Statement of Torture" to a military
tribunal at Guantanamo that is reviewing his status as an "enemy
combatant," with a torrent of complaints over his treatment
since arriving at Guantanamo in September.
Khan's complaints ranged from how guards took away baby pictures
of his daughter to the unscented soap at the prison, noisy fans
and half inflated balls in the recreation room that "hardly
"I swear to God this place in some sense worse than CIA jails,"
he said, according to the transcript. "I am being mentally
Portions of the statement that referred to his treatment while
in CIA custody overseas were censored.
An unclassified summary of evidence presented against Khan at the
hearing alleged that while in Pakistan Khan tried to obtain a travel
document through a friend that would have allowed him to reenter
the country to commit a terrorist act.
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