Ex-Gitmo inmate's book tells of torture

April 24, 2007 at 11:08 PM
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BERLIN, April 24 (UPI) -- A German-born Turkish citizen has published a memoir of the five years he says he spent in the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo in Cuba.

"Five Years of My Life" by Murnat Kurnaz went on sale in Germany on Tuesday, Deutsche Welle reported.

In the book, Kurnaz tells of being beaten and tortured, as well as being kept for a year in solitary confinement. He claims some inmates had limbs amputated without reason.

"I understood a long time ago what this prison was about," Kurnaz said. "They could do with us whatever they wanted."

Kurnaz was arrested in Pakistan in 2001. He says he had gone there to do relief work and was turned over to the U.S. military by bounty hunters.

He also blames Germany, saying he was tortured in Afghanistan by German soldiers before his transfer to Guantanamo. He also charges that the German government, while claiming to be working for his release, stalled until Angela Merkel got involved soon after she became chancellor.

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