Newly Released Guantanamo Detainees Allege Abuse
27 detainees were released from Guantanamo this week, 16 of them to Afganistan. Three were interviewed by the media upon arrival in Afganistan. Two of them alleged substantial abuse by their captors. One said the abuse included beatings.
"Who says we were not punished? It's not true," said Abdul Rehman, 29, from Faryab province in northeastern Afghanistan. "They pushed us all over, treated us very badly. They put 24 of us in a small congested room. They also put us into cold rooms."
Rehman said he had been "badly punished 107 times," speaking in an interview with Associated Press Television News at Kabul Central Jail shortly before he and the others were released to the international Red Cross in preparation for their return home.
He alleged that during his 20 months at Guantanamo, his captors chained his hands and feet and beat him with a metal rod on his legs and back, but he refused to show scars that may have resulted from any abuse.
Zabet Ullah, 32, of Kandahar, told The Associated Press while walking to the Red Cross bus, "There was very bad treatment of the prisoners in Guantanamo. It was against the human rights of the Geneva Conventions."
The third interviewed detainee had no complaints about his treatment. There are still 660 detainees at Guantanamo, eight of whom just arrived this week from Afganistan.
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