Guantanamo detainee calls al Jazeera to protest treatment

Miami HeraldApril 14, 2009 

A Guantanamo detainee used his prison camp telephone privileges to ring up a reporter with the Middle Eastern news network al Jazeera and complain that he had been abused by prison camp guards, the U.S. military and network said Tuesday.

Mohammed el Gharani, whose attorneys say he was captured at age 14, in Pakistan, got the phone privileges in Camp Iguana, a transitional holding site for detainees awaiting release.

He is a citizen of Chad who reportedly grew up in Saudi Arabia and was in Pakistan studying at the time he was captured by security forces, and turned over to the United States for interrogation.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ordered Gharani's release on Jan. 14 in a ruling that found the Pentagon's "mosaic of allegations" did not justify his indefinite detention as an al Qaeda suspect. He has been held at Guantanamo without charge since 2002.

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