Friday, June 22, 2012
Iraqi detainee in Kamunting speaks out on torture
Desolate and with no means of relating his daunting experience, an Iraqi detained in Kamunting under the Internal Security Act (ISA) revealed the extent of his agony to lawyers today.
Sami Hammad, who was arrested and incarcerated since March last year, had attempted suicide on more than two occasions, saying he could not withstand the Guantanamo-style 'torture', Lawyers for Liberty spokesperson Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said.
Hammad was arrested and held at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters for 60 days before being sent to the ISA detention centre in Kamunting, Perak.
After having failed to obtain a confession that he had tried to traffic Iraqi asylum seekers to Australia, police interrogators on one occasion kept him awake for 72 hours.
Hammad was arrested for human trafficking several days after arriving in Kuala Lumpur on a "business-related" visit.
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