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Lawyer says guards gave '50 Shades' book to Guantanamo prisoner

Aug. 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A lawyer for accused terrorist Ammar al Baluchi said Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, guards gave his client a contraband copy of the erotic book "Fifty Shades of Grey."

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., visiting the maximum security prison in Cuba, told the Huffington Post the novel is the most popular book among inmates in the top-secret Camp 7. Lawyer James Connell and another lawyer for a Camp 7 prisoner said detainees had no access to the book.

Connell said guards gave a copy of the book to Baluchi, 35, on Monday night and Baluchi -- one of five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks -- turned it over, unread, to Connell by Wednesday, the next time the two men saw each other.

The copy of the book had no markings from the Guantanamo prison library to indicate it had prison camp approval, The Miami Herald reported.

"If this is a practical joke, it has gone too far," Connell said.

A Pentagon spokesman said he had no comment on the matter.

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