September 6, 2007


'I'd Rather Return to Guantanamo': When two Tunisian men were sent home after five years in Guantanamo they thought they would be free. Instead they faced imprisonment, abuse, threats and solitary confinement. Now they say things were better back in the US prison camp. (Der Spiegel, 9/06/07)

In its "Ill-fated Homecomings" report released on Wednesday, HRW focuses on two Tunisian men, Abdullah al-Hajji Ben Amor and Lofti Lagha, who were released from Guantanamo six weeks ago and are now sitting in jail in Tunisia. The researchers did not have access to the prisoners but spoke to their families and their lawyer, Samir Ibn Omar.

The two Tunisians were sent home on June 18, and according to HRW, they had no idea that they would be facing further imprisonment. They now say that if they had known, they would have fought the transfer.

The two men were held at the military camp in Cuba for five years, without being charged with any crimes -- Lagha was never represented by a lawyer during that time. Rather than facing freedom when they finally got home the two men were taken directly into custody, and say they were threatened, abused and put in solitary confinement. They now claim things are so bad they would rather be back in Guantanamo -- despite Tunisia's pledge to the US that they would be treated humanely.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2007 7:55 AM

They really are that stupid. They actually thought the Tunisian government would welcome home known insugents.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 6, 2007 12:38 PM