Suicide at Guantamo: Saudi Detainee Kills Himself

CNN is reporting a Saudi detainee has committed suicide. Some information is available here.

In other Gitmo news, 15 American lawyers are in Yemen.

Fifteen American lawyers have come to Yemen in order to reveal the truth about the situation of Yemeni detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, they said this week at a press conference in Sana’a. They claim that the U.S. government was lying when it said that Yemen has refused to accept its detainees back into the country. “The main purpose of our visit is to expose the lie that the Yemeni government does not want its citizens back,” said Tina Foster, the executive director of the International Justice Network.

A few more details. The New York Times also reports, with some reactions from Guantanamo lawyers.

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    suicide in jail (1.00 / 1) (#1)
    by diogenes on Wed May 30, 2007 at 10:48:04 PM EST
    Those of us who work in prisons know that suicides happen, even when it isn't GITMO.  Why is this front page news?  And would this guy have gotten better or worse treatment in a Saudi prison?

    yes and no (none / 0) (#2)
    by Gabriel Malor on Wed May 30, 2007 at 10:55:45 PM EST
    Yes, suicides happen in prisons. But the question is what treatment the fellow would have had in a U.S. prison; why would we compare Guantanamo to Saudi prisons? We might as well smile and say, "Hey, it's better than Auschwitz, and that's good enough, right?"

    are you a prison guard? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Wed May 30, 2007 at 11:19:28 PM EST
    Since you comment here frequently, it would be nice to know that.

    While they're in the neighborhood (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu May 31, 2007 at 05:01:12 PM EST
    perhaps they can stop by and check on the Americans and Brits seized and held by the Iranians..