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Profile: Dilawar


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December 5, 2002      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Dilawar, a 22-year-old Afghan farmer and part-time taxi driver from the small village of Yakubi in eastern Afghanistan, is picked up by local authorities and turned over to US soldiers on suspicions that he was involved in a missile attack on the American base at Khost. He is then sent to Bagram Air Base. Witnesses will later tell the New York Times that Dilawar appeared weak and unhealthy upon his arrival. Five days later, Dilawar will be found dead in his cell (see December 10, 2002). [New York Times, 3/4/03; Guardian, 3/7/03; Independent 3/7/03 Sources: Unnamed witnesses who are later interviewed by the New York Times]
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December 10, 2002      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Dilawar, the Afghan farmer that was detained by US troops on December 5 (see December 5, 2002), is found dead in his cell. The pathologist who records his death, Maj. Elizabeth A. Rouse, writes on Dilawar's death certificate that he died from “blunt force injuries to lower extremities complicating coronary artery disease.” She marks “homicide” as the cause of death. Months later, New York Times reporter, Carlotta Gall, learns of and investigates Dilawar's death and confirms the death certificate's authenticity with the US military. She also interviews Dilawar's family and friends who describe the 22-year-old farmer as being young and inexperienced. “He had never spent a night away from his father and mother,” his brother says. Dilawar was married and the father of a 2-year-old girl. [New York Times, 3/4/03; Washington Post, 3/5/03; BBC, 3/6/03; Guardian, 3/7/03; Independent 3/7/03]
People and organizations involved: Carlotta Gall, Dilawar

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