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Al Nukhaylan: Allegations of Abuse

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Presiding Officer: How are you treated here at Guantanamo?

Detainee (through translator): If I respect the soldiers, they respect me. The interrogators are something else.

Presiding Officer: Why, what happened?

Detainee (through translator): All they want is to collect information. They don’t care about me. They don’t respect me. They do whatever they want to do. I have a hard time through most of the interrogations I went through.

Presiding Officer: How?

Detainee (through translator): For example, there was a female interrogator…

Presiding Officer: Where?

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Detainee (through translator): On the other block, camp one, yellow. She asked me about the name of the high school that I went to. I refused to answer her and she started like psychologically hurting me. She hit me in the chest more than once. Something like that.

Presiding Officer: She hit you?

Detainee (through translator): I know the styles that they use in the interrogations.

Presiding Officer: Did she hurt you?

Detainee (through translator): No. I don’t care about what happens to me in the interrogations.

Presiding Officer: So, she did not hurt you?

Detainee (through translator): No.

Presiding Officer: Okay, is that it?

Detainee (through translator): That’s why I can handle anything that happens in the interrogation, because this is something that happens through the interrogations.

Presiding Officer: So were there any other incidents other than the female hitting you in the chest that didn’t hurt you?

Detainee: (through translator): There was another one before I came here to detention. I know that the interrogators have the right to do these things because he wants the information.

Presiding Officer: What interrogator?

The ARB went into a brief recess so that the translator could get some water.

Detainee (through translator): There was not another incident.