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Profile: Mehdi Ghezali

 
  

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December 2001      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Mehdi Ghezali, a Muslim Swede, is arrested by Pakistani police and handed over to US authorities. According to an account provided by Ghezali in 2004, he was kidnapped by Pakistani villagers shortly after crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan where he was visiting a friend. The villagers sold him to the Pakistani police who then gave him to the Americans. He was then flown back to Afghanistan. [Agence France-Presse, 7/14/2004; Reuters, 7/14/2004]
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January 2002      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Mehdi Ghezali, a Muslim Swede being held by US authorities, is transferred to Guantanamo, where he will be subjected to almost daily interrogations and subjected to a variety of abuses (see (July 2002)). [Agence France-Presse, 7/14/2004; Reuters, 7/14/2004]
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(July 2002)      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Mehdi Ghezali, a detainee at Guantanamo, decides to stop answering his interrogators' questions. According to Ghezali, they had been asking the same questions over and over again. At some point during his detention, the guards bring Ghezali an American woman so he can have sex with her. “They tried to make me lose my faith,” he tells the Agence France-Presse in July 2004. “Maybe they wanted to use it against me so I would cooperate.” [Reuters, 7/14/2004; Agence France-Presse, 7/14/2004]
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May-June 2004      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Conditions for Mehdi Ghezali, a detainee at Guantanamo, become worse. After he is released in July, he will say that during this period he was shackled for hours, deprived of sleep, put in isolation, and subjected to cold temperatures for up to 14 hours at a time. “They put me in the interrogation room and used it as a refrigerator. They set the temperature to minus degrees so it was terribly cold and one had to freeze there for many hours; 12 to 14 hours one had to sit there, chained.” [Agence France-Presse, 7/14/2004; Reuters, 7/14/2004]
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July 8, 2004      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Mehdi Ghezali, held at Guantanamo since December 2001, returns to Sweden. He has lost feeling in part of his left foot because of the ankle chains he wore at Guantanamo. His teeth are also in poor condition. [Agence France-Presse, 7/14/2004]
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