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Thursday, November 01, 2001

Incident: Murbati abused

This month, a Barhraini named Isa Ali Abdulla Al Murbati will be seized in Pakistan and taken into US custody in Kandahar. He will claim to lawyers that for a week while there, he was shackled to a pole each night in the freezing cold, and had water poured on him each hour. In 2002, he was moved to Guantanamo Bay, where he claims that the following things occurred:
  • He put his shackled hands through the slot in the cell door so that the shackles could be removed per the usual procedures. The sergeant grabbed the belt that is attached to the shackles and pulled it violently, even putting his foot against the cell door to create greater leverage. This caused his hands and forearms to be pulled through and against the small metal slot, causing significant injury.
  • He was subjected to loud music for 12 hours at a time, and loud unexpected sounds
  • He was violently shoved against a wall
  • He was dragged by the shackles on his ankles, and has a scar there now
  • His head was forced into a toiled and flushed
  • He was forced to sit shackled in the urine of another detainee
  • He had a mop soaked in the urine wiped all over his body and face
  • He was played Arabic-language music with lyrics that praised Jesus
During the lawyers' visit with Mr Al Murbati, in October 2004, he was wearing a cast due to the injuries he suffered.


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