[Pnews] Judge orders US government to release Guantanamo force-feeding videotapes to prisoner's lawyers

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Wed May 21 14:48:56 EDT 2014

*Judge orders US government to release Guantanamo force-feeding 
videotapes to prisoner's lawyers*

A federal court judge today ordered the US government to produce 34 
videotapes showing Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa'el Diab being forcibly 
dragged from his cell, and then being force-fed.

Judge Gladys Kessler did not require the government to hand over all 136 
videos of Mr. Dhiab being subjected to the 'Forcible Cell Extraction' 
process - which has been done to him on average three times a week for a 
full year.

The court also ordered the government to produce Mr. Dhiab's medical 
records - noting that they are, after all, his own records. These 
records should allow the court to make a proper assessment of the 
traumatic impact of force-feeding on Mr Dhiab's declining health. Until 
such assessment can be made, last week's injunction preventing the 
force-feeding of Mr Dhiab remains in place.

Today's hearing marked the first time the US government has been ordered 
to give detainees' lawyers videotapes of force-feedings.

*Cori Crider, strategic director of Reprieve, said:* "Mr. Dhiab has been 
cleared for transfer from Guantanamo Bay for several years now, and yet 
promises of his imminent release have come to nothing, so it is not 
surprising that he has gone on a peaceful hunger strike in desperation. 
It is very encouraging that the rule of law is finally coming to 
Guantanamo, so that perhaps Mr. Dhiab's situation can be resolved. While 
the photographic evidence of his abuse is secret, it will at least allow 
the judge to see what is happening to him."


Notes to editors

1. Abu Wa'el Dhiab and other Guantánamo prisoners are represented by the 
Reprieve US legal team, with arguments presented by attorney Jon Eisenberg.

2. For further information, and copies of court documents, please  go to 
www.reprieve.org or contact Reprieve's press office: 
katherine.oshea at reprieve.org  / +1 (917) 855 8064

3. Attorney Jon Eisenberg may be contacted for interview on 510-305-7670 
or jeisenberg at horvitzlevy.com
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