News from new hearings

A man held in US custody for five years – in secret CIA prisons but now in Guantanamo Bay – has told a military hearing he was tortured into confessing a role in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.

“I just said those things to make the people happy,” the transcript read.

“They were very happy when I told them those things.”

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 41, said he had faced years of torture after his arrest in 2002, a Pentagon transcript from the closed-door hearing reveals.

“It happened during interviews. One time they tortured me one way, and another time they tortured me in a different way.”

at the BBC

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