7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Sex torture claim by Bay prisoner

STARTLING new allegations have emerged of the sexual humiliation, beating and torture of a Bahraini detainee by US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Juma Mohammed Al Dossary claims he was stripped naked, then humiliated by a female interrogator, who squatted nude over him and smeared him with her menstrual blood.

He alleges that on a later occasion he was forced to watch a naked man and woman having sex and was then offered sex with the woman if he co-operated during questioning.

Allegations that Al Dossary was brutally beaten and stamped on by up to eight guards, have already been widely reported.

Now he wakes screaming from nightmares, suffers heart problems and fears he has been driven into mental illness - but trusts no-one to treat him.

The new claims emerge in interview notes taken by lawyers representing six Bahraini detainees, held without trial for more than three years at Guantanamo Bay.

The notes have just been released after being "declassified" by the US authorities, lead lawyer Joshua Colangelo-Bryan revealed yesterday.

Mr Al Dossary claims that in September 2002, he was taken to an interrogation room at close to midnight on a Saturday.

'There was a female interrogator and four MPs (military police) in the interrogation room. One of the MPs had a video camera," say the notes.

"The female interrogator told Mr Al Dossary it was his last chance to confess to being a terrorist and a member of Al Qaeda and of having been involved in the 9/11 attacks.

"She told Mr Al Dossary that nobody was around because it was a Saturday night and that he would see something that he had never seen before."

Mr Al Dossary was allegedly handcuffed and shackled by his hands and feet to the floor, after his arms were yanked violently above his head.

"The female interrogator then signalled to another guard to cut off Mr Al Dossary's clothes with scissors," say the notes.

"Mr Al Dossary tried to resist, but the MPs simply pulled the shackle on his handcuffs even harder. Eventually, the MPs removed all of Mr Al Dossary's clothing."

The female interrogator allegedly then stripped naked, while standing over Mr Al Dossary.

She then allegedly smeared her menstrual blood over various parts of his body.

"Mr Al Dossary pulled against his handcuffs to the point that his hands became blue. He spat at the interrogator," say the notes.

"The entire episode was captured on camera."

The woman then got dressed and they all left, leaving Mr Al Dossary chained to the floor for several hours.

In another incident, in mid-2003, Mr Al Dossary was allegedly taken into an interrogation room, from which he could see a naked man and woman having sex on a table in an adjoining room.

Once they had finished, the man and woman got dressed and entered the interrogation room.

The man showed Mr Al Dossary pictures of men in traditional Arab dress and asked him to identify them, promising him he could have sex with the woman if he co-operated.

Mr Al Dossary refused and after half an hour, the man and woman left.

Further allegations are that when Mr Al Dossary was being held in Afghanistan after his arrest, he saw US Marines using pages of the Quran to shine their boots.

He also says he saw a cross had been placed atop a mosque at the Kandahar air base.

It is also alleged that Mr Al Dossary, who is thought to have attempted suicide more than once, has been repeatedly denied medical treatment.

He was once left without treatment for several hours, after being bitten by a scorpion, it is alleged.

Mr Al Dossary and other prisoners have also allegedly been fed food with dead scorpions in it.

Conditions have deteriorated this year, according to the notes, released following a visit to the camp last Sunday by Mr Colangelo-Bryan and his team.

From March or early April this year guards began restricting Mr Al Dossary to a shower only every five or six days, instead of every three days.

Since early this year, his reading material has been restricted to the Quran and letters from his family arrive long after being sent and are heavily censored, say the notes.

Since April, prison authorities have stopped providing him with the multi-vitamins that he had been taking previously.

Mr Al Dossary says in his statement that that his physical condition has deteriorated and says that since 2003 he has been experiencing pain and numbness in his neck and left arm and suffers regularly from headaches and nausea, as well as sudden rapid increases in his heart rate.

He says that he has been given glasses with the wrong prescription and that his requests for an appointment with an optician "have gone unanswered".

It is alleged that "at one point, Mr Al Dossary vomited blood and used the blood to write "I need a cure" on the wall of his cell", after which he was allowed multivitamins again.

Mr Al Dossary says he suffers from seizures and nightmares from which he awakens screaming and he believes he may now need psychological treatment, but that he does not trust any doctor at the camp.

He claims that detainees were duped into calling off the recent hunger strike, which he says began during July.

Detainees staged the strike to protest at being held without trial, denied medical facilities and being fed rotten food and stagnant water.

Mr Al Dossary says that military officers met the alleged instigator of the strikes and agreed that international law would be recognised at Guantanamo Bay.

He also claims that officers agreed to all demands and said that block leaders could be chosen for each cell block, to communicate concerns about conditions to prison personnel, who would in turn act on them.

The report alleges that though conditions were improved very briefly, they reverted to previous state almost immediately.

Detainees are said be be considering a more serious hunger strike, under the slogan: "Solve these issues or we want to die".

Mr Colangelo-Bryan has just returned to the US after visiting all six Bahraini detainees.

He says they fear that they will stay in Guantanamo for the rest of their lives because the Bahraini government "does not care".

"However, now the government of Bahrain is the only hope for their release."

Bahrain says talks with US authorities over bringing home the six are progressing.

The other five Bahraini detainees are Essa Al Murbati, Salah Abdul Rasool Al Blooshi, Adel Kamel Hajee, pShaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Abdulla Majid Al Naimi.

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