For Immediate Release
Reprieve Client Hisham Sliti Released From Guantanamo Bay
London - A 48 year-old Tunisian man has today been released from Guantánamo Bay after 13 years held without charge or trial.
Reprieve client Hisham Sliti, along with four other detainees, has now been resettled in Eastern Europe.
Hisham was sold for a bounty to Pakistani soldiers in December 2001 before being handed to US forces in January 2002 and tortured for four months in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was transferred to Guantánamo in May 2002.
Whilst in Guantánamo, Hisham spent years in isolation and suffered abuse. One interrogator, nicknamed “King Kong”, threw a mini-fridge at Hisham, striking him in the face and leaving visible scars.
Reprieve attorney Cori Crider said: "I first met Hisham seven years ago. He no more belonged in prison then than today. This is a welcome day, if long overdue, and Hisham is looking forward to rebuilding his life and starting a family. Let us hope that the dozens of other cleared men left in Gitmo will soon follow."
Reprieve is a UK-based human rights organization that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.