A Yemeni man was held by the US in secret prisons for nearly three years and subjected to torture after his capture in Iraq, a human rights group has charged in a condemnation of America's "cruel" defiance of international law. The man, Khaled al-Maqtari, was held in Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, secret jails in Afghanistan, and a CIA prison in an unknown location, where he was hung upside down by a chain, beaten and drenched with icy water, Reuters reports.
Amnesty International blasted President Bush's claim that the CIA's "high-value detainee" program is legal. "The USA is interpreting its international obligations in a way that renders them meaningless," said an organization spokesman, who added that the very nature of secret detentions violates international law. American authorities released al-Maqtari without charge in 2006, and Amnesty is urging the US to investigate the case and compensate him.