Ex-Guantanamo detainees ask French judge to probe torture

Nizar Sassi, former Guantanamo Bay detainee, leaves a Paris courthouse, on July 3, 2006Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a French judge Wednesday to subpoena a former prison commander they accuse of overseeing their alleged torture. Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, who were both held by American authorities first in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and then on the US naval base at Guantanamo in Cuba from late 2001 to 2004, are French citizens and now live in France. French investigations into their case began after they filed a complaint in court, along with Khaled Ben Mustapha, another former Guantanamo inmate. In an expert report submitted to the investigative judge of the high court of Paris, lawyers for Sassi and Benchellali accused retired major general Geoffrey Miller of “an authorized and systematic plan of torture and ill-treatment on persons deprived of their freedom without any charge and without the basic rights of any detainee.”

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