Guantánamo Detainee, Held Since 2001, Presents Case for Release

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WASHINGTON — A detainee during Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, whose best-selling discourse minute how American interrogators kick him and threatened to gang-rape his mother, got his initial possibility on Thursday to make a box for because he should be expelled after scarcely 14 years of imprisonment.

Despite a mistreatment, a detainee, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, 45, did not seem ill-natured or indignant during a homogeneous of a release conference on Thursday. The sense that emerged was of an enchanting and intellectually extraordinary male who is fervent to reconnect with a world.

Mr. Slahi, pronounced one of his American troops member during a hearing, is a indication prisoner, and he “is singly talented, and speaks mixed languages, including English.” Mr. Slahi schooled English, his fourth language, after being sent to Guantánamo Bay in 2002.

Wearing eyeglasses and a white shirt, Mr. Slahi did not pronounce during a 17-minute apportionment of a hearing, that was not personal and was streamed to a Pentagon for reporters to observe. There was no word on when a preference would be done on either to giveaway Mr. Slahi, who would cite to be sent to Germany or Mauritania, where he was born, according to his lawyers and representatives.

Mr. Slahi was arrested in Germany in 2001, swept adult in a tellurian hunt for operatives of Al Qaeda that followed a Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He had assimilated Al Qaeda in a 1990s and fought Afghanistan’s Communist supervision alongside Osama bin Laden.

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In Germany, he crossed paths with one of a planners of a Sept. 11 attacks, and he had hit with other members of Al Qaeda while vital in Montreal.

The United States dynamic that Mr. Slahi was a comparison recruiter for Al Qaeda, and for some time it deliberate him a many dangerous chairman detained during Guantánamo Bay.

A sovereign decider saw a box differently, and systematic Mr. Slahi expelled in 2010, final that a government’s justification opposite him was injured by duress and mistreatment, or was “so classified” that it could not be used in court. But a Obama administration challenged a decision, that was overturned on appeal, withdrawal Mr. Slahi in authorised limbo.

His memoir, “Guantánamo Diary,” that was published final year and is formed on a handwritten diary he stoical in 2005, sum many of a diagnosis that sinister a government’s case, including an comment of a “special interrogation” that lasted for months.

The inquire was privately authorized in 2003 by Donald H. Rumsfeld, afterwards a invulnerability secretary, and during it Mr. Slahi was deprived of nap for prolonged stretches, shackled for days during a time in a frozen cell, beaten, doused with ice H2O and threatened by interrogators who pronounced they could make him disappear. The interrogators also threatened to have his mom arrested and gang-raped.

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Yet Mr. Slahi also recounts in a book, tools of that were redacted by supervision censors, how he examination “The Catcher in a Rye” in prison, and how it “made me giggle until my stomach hurt.” He also wrote about a friendships he struck adult with guards and interrogators.

On Thursday, a American troops deputy pronounced he believed that Mr. Slahi honestly dictated to live a pacific life and acted no hazard to a United States if released.

“Ever given he arrived during Guantánamo Bay, Mohamedou has been an disciple for peace,” pronounced a representative, a uniformed use member who was not identified in suitability with belligerent manners that a troops creates reporters determine to before watching a examination hearings.

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Mr. Slahi, a deputy added, wants “to live a life giveaway of assault where he can be a provider for his adopted children and learn them not to make a same transgressions he had made.”

Mr. Slahi’s lawyer, Theresa Duncan, pronounced in her opening matter that her customer had never taken any antagonistic movement opposite a United States, observant that when he assimilated Al Qaeda in a early 1990s, a Islamist militants “and a United States were aligned.”

Mr. Slahi, she said, played no partial in Al Qaeda’s mutation after in a decade into a organisation that pounded American interests abroad before rising a Sept. 11 attacks, she said.

She afterwards added: “Mohamedou has had no disciplinary infractions during Guantánamo. None.”

“But maybe what is many striking,” Ms. Duncan continued, “are suggestive relations he grown with particular people. Over a years, troops crew have given him books, movies, wardrobe and other souvenirs to symbol those relationships.”

She cited a minute from a former guard, who wrote that he “would be gratified to welcome” Mohamedou into his home.

The supervision perspective of Mr. Slahi, while reduction generous, was not distant from that offering by his lawyers and representatives. According to a form of Mr. Slahi that was examination aloud during a start of a hearing, a restrained would many expected reunite with his family if liberated and start a business to support them, maybe regulating a mechanism skills he schooled during Guantánamo Bay.

If authorised to transport internationally, Mr. Slahi would substantially “promote his book” around a world.

But a form also warned that releasing Mr. Slahi would not be but risks. He grown a extended network of “terrorist contacts” while vital in Germany, Canada and Mauritania, according to a profile. The contacts could “provide him with an entrance to re-engage” — with Islamist militants, that is — “should he confirm to do so.”

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