'High-Value' Gitmo Detainee Alleges Torture

Pakistani national denies scouting for Al-Qaeda
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2007 12:14 PM CDT
'High-Value' Gitmo Detainee Alleges Torture
A detainee jogs around the exercise area at the medium security portion of the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this Sept. 21, 2006 file photo. David Hicks, an Australian held at Guantanamo for five years, pled guilty earlier in the week and was found guilty Friday...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A 27-year-old Pakistani says he has been tortured since being moved last year from a CIA jail to the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Majid Khan, who once lived in Maryland, denies belonging to Al-Qaeda, but he was transferred to Cuba in September with 13 other "high-value" operatives after being in custody since 2003.

The government maintains that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed used Khan to research possible attacks on the US and Pakistan. At military hearing last month, his first chance to address the charges against him, Khan said in a statement read by his representative, "I am being mentally torture here." The Pentagon released an edited transcript of the hearing yesterday. (Read more Majid Khan stories.)

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