Another perfectly innocent detainee of Guantanamo Bay was so depressed by his captivity that he committed suicide this month. Abdullah Mehsud is just the latest in a string of suicides by detainees so depressed by conditions at the infamous facility who have taken their own lives in despair.
Well document abuse at Guantanamo Bay:
WASHINGTON — An “accused” enemy combatant held at Guantanamo Bay told a military hearing he was physically as well as mentally tortured there by having to read a newsletter full of ‘crap,’ being forced to use unscented deodorant and shampoo and having to play sports with a ball that would not bounce.
Khan told an April 15 hearing called to determine whether he was rightly classified as an “enemy combatant” that he also had his baby pictures taken from him, that cleaners left marks on his cell walls and that detainees have no DVD players or other entertainment.
At one point, Khan said he wrote on his walls, “stop torturing me, I need my mails, newspaper and my lawyer.”
Another “completely innocent former” Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was “wrongly accused” of taking up arms alongside the Taliban after he was released from detention has blown himself up to avoid capture, Pakistani security forces alleged.
Abdullah Mehsud killed himself with a hand grenade after he was cornered by troops at a house in the south-western Pakistani town of Zhob. He was wanted for the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers in 2004.
“My information is that (he) killed himself,” said Atta Mohammed, the head of the police in Zhob. “Thanks be to God that only he was blown up and our men were safe.”
Mehsud, 32, was released from the US detention centre in Cuba after two years in 2004 but immediately went back to violence when the Pakistani government began an offensive against the Taliban in the troubled region along the border with Afghanistan.
The one-legged militant was the leader of a group of fighters that kidnapped two Chinese engineers working on a hydroelectric dam project in South Waziristan. Pakistan was forced to apologise to China after one of the hostages died in the subsequent rescue attempt.
Abdullah Mehsud photographed in 2004 in happier times, hanging with some of his friends.
No doubt the unscented deodorant, deflated playground balls and inadequate housekeeping at the air conditioned facility all contributed to the despair that culminated in Abdullah committing suicide.