Guantanamo defense lawyer says 160 detainees moved to solitary

[JURIST] Guantanamo defense lawyer and Reprieve [official website] senior counsel Zachary Katznelson [Reprieve profile] told Reuters in an interview published Friday that since December at least 160 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been moved to solitary confinement in the new part of the facility called "Camp 6" [GlobalSecurity.org Camp Delta profile; JURIST report], and claimed the relocation was designed to elicit confessions by interrogators who may be running out of time in the face of growing pressure to close the prison. Katznelson said attorneys for the detainees moved have observed that their clients have become depressed and even psychotic as a result of harsh treatment, allegedly including beatings and other physical and psychological torture.

Only 10 of the more that 770 individuals detained at the prison camp since January 2002 have been charged with a crime. Some 395 inmates are still being held at the facility. The US maintains that the prisoners have ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban and would be a threat to national security if released. Reuters has more.

 

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