London - Former Guantanamo detainees, including the 9 British nationals released from the camp,
have poured scorn on allegations that the three deaths at Guantanamo were suicides and claim that
they are almost certainly accidental killings caused by excessive force used by US guards there.
Moazzam Begg, in a statement on behalf of all the freed British detainees elucidates that the camp's regime is designed to dehumanise detainees and to make them bereft of hope and believe they have no rights - framing and encouraging suicide amongst them - and suggesting imaginative ways to do so.
Tarek Dergoul, who spent significant time with two of the deceased, provides the first in depth insight into their time in Guantanamo. He describes both Manei al-Otaibi and Yasser al-Zahrani as having indefatigable spirits, never once discussing or contemplating suicide, and being the foremost in their lack of cooperation with their captors and long term committed hunger strikers; leading them to be punished by frequent reprisals and beatings by guards. That it was camp policy to systematically beat incompliant prisoners, Tarek says, makes it hardly surprisingly that such vicious attacks could result in death.
He further elaborates that in Camp One, where he was also held - it would have been physically impossible for them to have committed suicide successfully.
Abdullah Alnoami a former detainee from Bahrain substantiates this accusation, exposing the true nature what was previously believed to be the most oft-quoted suicide attempt at the base, of a Saudi detainee in December 2002. Following an ERF attack, Mishal Al Harbi was left in a coma and permanently paralysed and restricted to a wheelchair for life.
Dr. Adnan Siddiqui of Cageprisoners said "It is clear that the US administrations claim that these deaths were suicide does not stand up close scrutiny and we call on the US administration to allow a full and independent inquiry to debunk the cover up and lies that these deaths were suicide and not murder."
Statement on the Deaths in Guantánamo Bay
By Joint Former British Detainees
Tarek Dergoul: Another Guantanamo Whitewash
Statement from Former Guantanamo Detainee, Abdullah Alnoaimi on Guantanamo Deaths
Downloadable pdf of statements
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