Guantánamo prisoner to publish ‘harrowing’ memoirs


Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been held in the Cuban prison since 2002 but never charged, will reveal details of sexual humiliation, torture and ‘living in terror’ in Guantánamo Diary: The Guardian

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been detained in Guantánamo since 2002 despite never having been charged with a crime by the US, is to publish an account of his experiences next year, detailing the multiple forms of torture to which he has been subjected and “shatter[ing]” the secrecy that surrounds the Cuban prison.

Slahi’s book, which has just been acquired at auction, is the first diary to be released by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee, said publisher Canongate. Written in 2005, in his segregation cell, it started out as letters from the author to his lawyers, who fought for seven years to have the manuscript declassified. Parts still remain redacted.

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