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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 04:44 AM

Guantanamo hunger strikers ready for death: lawyer


Guantanamo hunger strikers ready for death: lawyer
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, March 31, 2013 0:10 EDT

His body ravaged and weakened by a 50-day hunger strike staged in protest at alleged mistreatment of Korans at Guantanamo jail, Abd al-Malik Abd al-Wahab has a message for his loved ones.

“Tell my family if I die to forgive me,” said Abd al-Wahab, a 33-year-old Yemeni national who has spent 11 years — or a third of his life — behind bars at the controversial US detention facility in Cuba.

Abd al-Wahab, whose comments were relayed to AFP by his lawyer, is among dozens of detainees who are staging a hunger strike at the military prison amid allegations — vehemently denied by US officials — that guards improperly handled Korans during searches in February.


Several attorneys representing prisoners say the majority of the estimated 130 prisoners at Guantanamo’s Camp 6 wing, which houses “low-value” detainees, are on hunger strike.

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