Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Former Guantanamo Detainee Attacked & Warned to Shut Up

Mamdouh Habib, an Aussie bloke, was arrested some years ago by Paki security forces as a terrorist suspect. They handed him over to the Egyptians for further softening up. He was eventually thrown to the Americans for incarceration in Guantanamo Bay and further interrogations. He was there for years, but was never charged. Eventually the US military had to release him, and he returned to Australia.

Since then he has been outspoken about the torture perpetrated on him and other detainees, including another Aussie David Hicks.

His wife, Maha Habib, a rather well spoken lady frequently fronted the Aussie press in defence of him when he was still incarcrated in Guantanamo Bay. I have been very impressed by her dignity, calm demeanour and articulated presentations.

Both were strolling home on Sunday when they were accosted by 3 men dressed in black and hoods - the universal faceless wonders.

They bashed him on the head from behind and then stabbed him in the tummy.

Habib, who was not seriously injured, believed they could have killed him if they wanted to. He reckoned they just wanted to threaten or give him a warning for some reasons.

His wife recollected the men said “Ah, that should keep you quiet”.

Could it be that they didn’t want him to continue talking about the Americans torturing detainees at Guantanamo Bay?

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