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Guantanamo Bay Detainee Says Force-Feeding is Torture

01 March 2006

Lawyers for a detainee at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba say the military's method of force-feeding hunger strikers amounts to torture.

The lawyers filed a complaint with a federal judge on behalf of Mohammad Bawazir, a Yemeni who participated in a mass hunger strike that began last August.

The complaint says Bawazir and other hunger strikers were restrained and had large feeding tubes forced down their noses and throats, causing them a great deal of pain.

The lawyers say the force-feeding violates a new law, sponsored by Republican Senator John McCain, a former prisoner-of-war from the Vietnam War, prohibiting the cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees in U.S. custody.

Meanwhile, pre-trial hearings will take place Wednesday for two terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay. Algerian-born Sufyian Barhoumi is accused of training al-Qaida members in how to make bombs, while Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a Yemeni, is accused of being a propaganda specialist for the terror organization.

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