A British resident released from Guantanamo Bay after nearlyfive years in captivity said Sunday his detention at the U.S. prison camp was"profoundly difficult" to endure, his first comments since hisrelease.
Bisher al-Rawi, an Iraqi national, had been held at the
British officials have long refused to represent resident foreigners held at
U.S attorney George Brent Mickum IV said al-Rawi had agreed, during one ofat least six interviews with British agents at
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said Thursday al-Rawi's release had beenagreed, but officials and lawyers have not disclosed precisely when thedetainee was freed and flown to
"After over four years in
"The extreme isolation they are going through is one of the mostprofoundly difficult things to endure. I know that all too well," al-Rawisaid.
Al-Rawi and another British resident, Jamil el-Banna, were alleged to havebeen associated with al-Qaida through their connection with the London-based Muslimcleric Abu Qatada. Al-Rawi had lived in
"The hopelessness you feel in
The two were arrested in 2002 in
Their lawyers have said the two were arrested after British intelligenceagents passed on information about their travel plans to the
"Leaving my best friend Jamil el-Banna behind in
Lawyers claim that after their arrests in 2002, the men ended up in Americancustody. From Gambia, the CIAtookthem on a rendition flight to Cairo, Egypt, where the plane refueled, then to aCIA facility in Afghanistan ,where they were held and interrogated as suspected terrorists, Mickum has said.
Al-Rawi claimed in his statement that he and el-Banna were held in a CIAunderground prison close to
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