Egypt promises to treat released Gitmo detainee humanely

[JURIST] Egypt reassured the US Monday that Sami Al Laithi, an Egyptian man who was released [JURIST report] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] last week and tranferred to Egypt, would be "treated humanely, in accordance with Egyptian and international legal obligations." A Pentagon spokesman issued a statement that the US would not extradite an individual to a country where he was likely to be persecuted, but despite this promise, rights groups, including Amnesty International [advocacy website] and the Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website], fear that Laithi will be tortured [AI press release] because of Egypt's history of human rights violations and state sponsored torture. Laithi lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith filed a motion to prevent his return to Egypt but the court turned it down and the US transferred Laithi without notice. Reuters has more.

 

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