Father of Guantanamo suicide victim demands international probe

[JURIST] The father of Salah al-Aslami, a Yemeni national who committed suicide [JURIST report] with two Saudi Arabian detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on June 10, has refused to receive al-Aslami's body until international authorities launch an investigation into the three suicides. Al-Aslami's father and the families of the two Saudis have expressed skepticism at the autopsy reports, saying that the three strict Muslims would not have violated Islam by committing suicide. Al-Aslami's father asserts that torture caused his son's death. The Yemen government also called for a new investigation [JURIST report] into the three deaths last week.

Though the Pentagon has rebuffed calls for an independent inquiry into the deaths [JURIST report], the UN and Amnesty International have called for the US to close Guantanamo [JURIST report], while Saudi Arabia refocused efforts [JURIST report] to have all remaining Saudis detained at Guantanamo returned to Saudi custody. European Union lawmakers last week called for an international criminal tribunal to replace Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] to hear cases for over 400 Guantanamo detainees. AP has more.



 

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