Eighth Gitmo detainee dies of apparent suicide
19 May, 2011 16:44
The 37-year-old Afghan detainee was being held without charges and allegedly committed suicide. He was found by guards in his sell who said he was “unresponsive and not breathing”.
The death of Inayatullah is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and following the investigation the body will be returned to Afghanistan. The military said the remains would be treated with respect and Islamic customs would be adhered to. While in custody he “attested to facilitating the movement of foreign fighters, significantly contributing to transnational terrorism across multiple borders,” said a statement from the military’s Southern Command. “Inayatullah met with local operatives, developed travel routes and coordinated documentation, accommodation and vehicles for smuggling al-Qaida belligerents through Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq.”Previous deaths at the Guantanamo detention center ruled suicides have sparked complaints from other detainees and families of detainees who alleged mistreatment and cover-ups were to blame. Often those claims and cases are swiftly dismissed by federal judges and the ruling of a suicide stands.