Amnesty, ACLU call for independent probe after eighth Guantanamo detainee death

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Eric W. Dolan
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The American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are calling for an independent investigation into the death of detainees at Guantanamo Bay after the U.S. military reported another death at the detention facility on Wednesday night.

“This latest death highlights the immediate need for a full and independent inquiry into deaths at Guantanamo,” Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program, said. “It also underscores the tragic consequences of indefinite detention and unfair trials of detainees.”

A 37-year old Afghan detainee died at Guantanamo Bay in an apparent suicide, the U.S. military said in a statement.

The man, identified by one name, Inayatullah, was an admitted planner for Al-Qaeda terrorist operations, according to the Southern Command. He arrived in Guantanamo in September 2007. A spokeswoman for the detention center said he did not have a history of disciplinary problems and was “generally a compliant detainee.”

Inayatullah was the eighth person to die at Guantanamo since the U.S. government started transferring prisoners there following the 2001 ouster of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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