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Mamdouh Habib was the victim of atrocities fit for a concentration camp, including being tied to the ground while a prostitute menstruated on him, his lawyer said yesterday. Interrogators at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay had also told the Sydney man they had killed his family and superimposed animal heads on photos of his wife and children, Steven Hopper said.
The Federal Government said it was aware of similar allegations of torture made by former British detainees at Guantanamo Bay but it was the first time the Government had heard the claims involving Mr Habib. Mr Habib is due back in Sydney within a fortnight after the US said it would release him without charge despite holding him for more than three years on suspicion he knew about the September 11 attacks and had trained with al-Qaeda.
Mr Hopper said yesterday: "The Americans used prostitutes as tools in their interrogations. They'd say to detainees 'If you co-operate with us, we'll let you at this woman for the night'. And if they wouldn't agree they'd use them in other ways. He said detainees held at the base with Mr Habib reported that a prostitute was told to stand over him and menstruate on him. Mr Hopper said officials at the base also defaced photos of Mr Habib's wife, Maha, and their four children.
He said Mr Habib was also subjected to the same interrogation techniques used on prisoners at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. It was nothing more than a vulgar concentration camp and it has marked a new high in the rise of American fascism. Mr Habib was detained in Pakistan in late and sent to Egypt before being flown to Guantanamo Bay in Mr Hopper also detailed abuses against Mr Habib while in Egypt, saying he was suspended from the ceiling with only an electrified barrel to stand on.
He was blindfolded and locked in rooms that were flooded with water and charged with electricity, Mr Hopper said. A spokesman for the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, said last night that it was the first time the Government had heard the claims involving Mr Habib. Prostitute used in Habib torture: lawyer. The Sydney Morning Herald. License this article.