Kuwaiti detainees say they made false confessions to stop US abuse

[JURIST] Eleven Kuwaiti detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have said that US troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan abused them before they were sent overseas to the US naval base, according to a lawyer's notes that were declassified and released Monday. The allegations include beatings with chains, electric shock and sodomy. Some of the detainees said that they falsely confessed to being Taliban or al-Qaida members in order to make the torture stop, according to Tom Wilner, representing the 11 Kuwaiti detainees being held at Guantanamo. The detainees claimed that abuses continued after they Guantanamo. A Pentagon spokesman said the government would issue a statement later Monday in response to questions about the Kuwaitis' accusations. The Kuwaiti detainees [Project Kuwaiti Freedom profiles], some of whom have been held for three years, met with lawyers for the first time in December and January, after the Supreme Court ruled last June that foreigners detained as enemy combatants at Guantanamo could challenge their imprisonment. After the meetings their lawyers said they had complained of abuse [JURIST report], but they were required to surrender their attorney-client notes before leaving the US base. The notes are then sealed and sent to a secure facility in Arlington, Va., where lawyers had to ask for them to be unclassified. AP has more.

 

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