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Freed Guantanamo detainee sues U.S. military over alleged torture

Oct 12th, 2010 Inteligence

The Washington Post reports Wednesday, October 6, 2010, in an article entitled "Freed Guantanamo detainee sues U.S. military over alleged torture," that a Syrian man, Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al-Janko, who was released from Guantanamo Bay last year has sued the U.S. military claiming he was the victim of a "Kafkaesque nightmare," which according to the suit included being "urinated on by his American captors, slapped, threatened with loss of fingernails and exposed to sleep deprivation, [and] extreme cold and stress positions." 

Al-Janko, who is now resettled outside the United States,filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, claiming he was tortured by the Americans. The suit notes that Janko  "is the victim of a decade-long Kafkaesque nightmare from which he is just awakening…Whether a country provides redress for the people it has wronged in violation of international and U.S. law is a true test of the character of a nation."

The suit, which names twenty-six former top U.S. military officials, seeks damages and alleges violations of Constitutional rights, the Geneva Conventions and a U.S. law that allows non-Americans to sue for violations of the law of nations.

For the full text of the article, click here.

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