Detainee Blinded at Guantanamo
What excuse will the Administration come up with for its torture of Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes?
Mr Deghayes mother Zohra Zewawi, from Brighton, wept as lawyer Clive Stafford Smith described the injuries the detainee has allegedly suffered at the Cuban base.
"In March 2004 the Emergency Reaction Force in Camp Delta came into his cell," he said. "They brought their pepper spray and held him down. "They held both of his eyes open and sprayed it into his eyes and later took a towel soaked in pepper spray and rubbed it in his eyes. "Omar could not see from either eye for two weeks but he gradually got sight back in one eye.
"He's totally blind in the right eye. I can report that his right eye is all white and milky - he can't see out of it because he has been blinded by the US in Guantanamo."
There's more. One guard stuck his finger in Omar Deghayes' eye. Another time, a guard smeared another detainee's feces on his face.
Mr Stafford Smith said his client had also had his head pushed in the toilet by US guards, in a separate incident he was kneed in the nose and slammed face down on the concrete surface of a recreation yard.
The Government declassified reports of conversations between Deghayes and Stafford Smith last week. The allegations are contained in Mr. Smith's statements. So, who is Omar Deghayes?
Mr Deghayes was a law student and has been held at the military base since early 2002. He is a British resident and had applied for British citizenship. The detainee travelled from the UK to Afghanistan, where he met and married an Afghan woman and they have a four-year-old son, Suleiman.
The detainee studied law at Wolverhampton University and began his Legal Practice Course at Huddersfield University in 1998, but had yet to complete it when he went to Afghanistan. "He wanted to go to Afghanistan for the simple reason that he is a Muslim and he wanted to see what it was like," said Mr Stafford Smith.
The family is appealing to the British Government to secure Mr. Deghaye's release. [link via Buzzflash ]
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