Ex-Gitmo detainee sues Canada over alleged role in his detention | Prison News


Mohamedou Ould Slahi, 51, is in search of $28m for the damages he suffered throughout his 14-year incarceration.

A former Guantanamo detainee who spent 14 years with out trial is suing Canada over its alleged position in his imprisonment.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, 51, claims that Canadian authorities offered false data regarding the interval when he was a everlasting resident in Montreal in 1999, which led to his arrest and subsequent torture on the notorious US jail, in response to his grievance filed on Friday and reviewed by the AFP information company.

Slahi is in search of 35 million Canadian {dollars} ($28m) for the damages he suffered throughout his 14-year imprisonment.

Within the lawsuit, Slahi says he confronted “bodily beatings, sleep deprivation, compelled standing, incessant noise, sexual assault, mock assassination, dying threats, non secular humiliation, and extra” whereas at Guantanamo.

“Slahi’s detention and maltreatment have been extended as a result of the receipt and use of compelled confessions by Canadian authorities validated the continued torture and detention,” his legal professionals mentioned within the grievance.

Infographic showing the Guantanamo Bay detainees by country.

Slahi’s story was a best-selling ebook that was tailored for the display screen. The movie – The Mauritanian, starring Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster – depicts the intense situations on the American base.

Arrested in 2001 in Mauritania, Slahi was then successively imprisoned in Jordan and Afghanistan, earlier than arriving at Guantanamo in 2002, in what he known as in his ebook a world tour of torture and humiliation. He was launched in 2016.

Because it was established on January 11, 2002, the high-security jail has held practically 800 detainees, most held with out formal expenses. Right now 39 prisoners stay.

The world’s most notorious detention centre has turn into an emblem of human rights abuses.

A number of worldwide human rights teams, together with HRW, Amnesty Worldwide and the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross have repeatedly condemned the alleged human rights violations, together with harsh interrogation strategies that critics say amounted to torture.

Former US President Barack Obama had introduced a plan to shut the ability however the transfer was reversed by his successor Donald Trump.

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