Thursday, May 31, 2007

Suicide at Gitmo

Well, this opens up a spot for someone else.

Death of Guantanamo Detainee Is Apparent Suicide, Military Says
A Saudi detainee at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide yesterday afternoon, military officials said. He would be the fourth detainee to take his own life at the facility in the past year.

Military officials at U.S. Southern Command did not release details about the death or identify the detainee, who was among about 80 Saudi Arabians in custody. Attorneys with the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based law group that represents many Guantanamo detainees, said they had learned no details as of last night and did not have independent confirmation that the death was a suicide.
Of course, we're bending over backwards to be sensitive about the situation.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has started an investigation, and a cultural adviser is assisting officials at the base to ensure that the detainee's body is handled in a "culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner," according to the release.
I guess that precludes feeding him to the sharks.

UPDATE: He apparently had some training experience with the U.S. military.

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