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2006-06-06 20:18:11

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday unveiled its most comprehensive guidance to date for medical professionals in dealing with detainees, but rights activists denounced it for allowing broad use of prisoners' health data to guide interrogations. The directive allows a detainee's medical information to be disclosed for several reasons other than medical treatment, including "lawful law enforcement, intelligence or national security-related activity," which...

2006-06-01 17:20:30

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - The number of prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay navy base grew by more than a dozen to 89 on Thursday, a spokesman for the controversial detention center said. Six of those were being force-fed through tubes pushed into their stomachs via their noses, including three who had refused food since August, said Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand. The U.S. military considers detainees to be on a hunger strike when they have skipped nine...

2006-05-29 16:13:26

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has freed three former Guantanamo Bay detainees after they completed their jail sentences, the state news agency SPA said on Monday. "Three citizens who had been detained in Guantanamo Bay ... were freed," it quoted an Interior Ministry statement as saying. It added that the three had been handed over by the United States last year and had now completed their jail sentences. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia said it had received 15 Saudi detainees from...

2006-05-29 11:09:02

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Seventy-five prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo were on a hunger strike on Monday, joining a few who have refused food and been force-fed since August, a military official said. Cmdr. Robert Durand, a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention operation, called the hunger strike an attempt by the prisoners to gain media attention and pressure the United States to release about 460 men held there as enemy combatants. Detainees are counted as...

2006-05-24 20:09:33

By Bill Trott FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the highest ranking officer to testify in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, said on Wednesday he never suggested using military dogs in interrogations of Iraqi prisoners. Miller was called to testify as a defense witness by a military police dog handler charged with using his dog to abuse prisoners at the jail outside Baghdad, one of a number of low-ranking troops prosecuted for ill-treatment of prison...

2006-05-23 12:15:10

By Bill Trott FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A military prosecutor on Tuesday accused Army dog handler Sgt. Santos Cardona of being part of a group of "corrupt cops" who tormented Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison for their own amusement. Cardona allowed his Belgian shepherd, Duco, to bite an inmate and joined another military police dog handler in a competition to see who could make the most prisoners urinate or defecate on themselves, Maj. Matthew Miller said in the...

2006-05-22 13:07:44

By Bill Trott FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. Army sergeant went on trial on Monday on charges of abusing Iraqi inmates with his dog in the military's latest prosecution of low-ranking soldiers in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The court martial of Sgt. Santos Cardona, 32, could be more significant than those of the 10 American soldiers previously convicted of abuse of Iraqi prisoners because testimony is expected from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who helped shape policies at...

2006-05-21 13:22:15

KUWAIT (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court on Sunday cleared five Kuwaitis of charges of belonging to al Qaeda and ordered the former inmates of the U.S.'s Guantanamo Bay prison freed immediately, judicial sources said. They said the five, who returned to the Gulf Arab state in November, were also cleared of charges of fighting a friendly state, a reference to the United States. "The Criminal Court ruled today that the five detainees who were held at Guantanamo are innocent and it ordered...

2006-05-19 15:00:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Guantanamo detainees laid a trap for U.S. guards by luring them into a room with a staged suicide attempt, then attacked them with improvised weapons before being overpowered after an intense fight, U.S. leaders at the detention camp said on Friday. U.S. officials described the incident on Thursday as probably the most intense outbreak of violence at the jail for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it opened in...

2006-05-19 06:46:49

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...


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