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Mistreating even the elderly in America’s Gulag

Lawyer: Guantanamo’s oldest detainee returned to Afghanistan
Last Update: 8/29/2006 5:01:09 AMSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – An Afghan man in his 70s who used a walker to get around the Guantanamo Bay lockup has been sent home.

His lawyer says the oldest known detainee at the U-S prison for terror suspects was one of five men from Afghanistan transferred out of the prison over the weekend.

Haji Khan’s lawyer says his client could barely walk and could barely hear. And Peter Ryan says the government never disclosed why Khan was being held to begin with.

Ryan says he’s also trying to learn whether his client will held in custody in Afghanistan or allowed to go home. The U-S government won’t comment.

©2006 Associated Press.

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This entry was posted on 30 August, 2006 by in Afghanistan, Empire, War and Terror, Human Rights, International Relations, Race, US Foreign Policy.

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