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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

18 released from GTMO told to stay quiet about abuse in front of reporters

Today, seventeen Afghans and one Turk will be freed from GTMO. During a handing over ceremony at the Afghan Supreme Court, they will be urged by Chief Justice Fazl Hadi Shinwari not to describe the abuses they suffered. Apparently fearing reprisals from the Republican Administration for any torture reports from the released prisoners, he will say to them
Don't tell these people [the reporters gathered] the stories of your time in prison because the government is trying to secure the release of others, and it may harm the [chances of winning the] release of your friends
Nevertheless, Abdul Rahman had this to say about his 3 years in GTMO
There was a lot of bad treatment against us, but this is not the time to tell you. ... Everybody in the world knows what kind of jail it is. I can't talk about it now.


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