Guantanamo detainee recovering from self-inflicted injury

[JURIST] A Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee survived a self-inflicted injury last month when he cut open his throat using a sharpened fingernail during his daily shower, Navy Cmdr. Andrew Haynes said Tuesday. The detainee received stitches after losing a substantial amount of blood in what Haynes believed to be an intentional "self-harm" rather than a true suicide attempt. The name or ethnicity of the prisoner has not been released.

There have been four suicides since the opening of the US detention facility at Guantanamo in 2002, including three in June 2006 [JURIST report]. The fourth suicide [JURIST report] occurred in May 2007. Haynes said there have also been nearly a half dozen occurrences of self-harm in the past two months. AP has more.

 

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