Tunisian detainee released from Guantánamo Bay

By agency reporter
November 24, 2014

A Tunisian national has been released from Guantánamo Bay after 13 years imprisoned without charge or trial.

Hisham Sliti, who is represented by the legal charity Reprieve, has been resettled in Eastern Europe along with four other detainees.

Siti was sold for a bounty to Pakistani soldiers in December 2001 before being handed to US forces in January 2002 and tortured over four months in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was transferred to Guantánamo in May 2002.

Whilst in Guantánamo, Siti spent years in isolation and suffered abuse. One interrogator, nicknamed “King Kong”, threw a mini-fridge at him, striking him in the face and leaving visible scars.

Reprieve attorney Cori Crider said: "I first met Hisham seven years ago. He no more belonged in prison then than today. This is a welcome day, if long overdue, and Hisham is looking forward to rebuilding his life and starting a family. Let us hope that the dozens of other cleared men left in Gitmo will soon follow."


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