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Freed Gitmo Detainee: 'We Were Subjected to Meticulous, Daily Torture'

Speaking from Khartoum, Ibrahim Idris says punishments were 'doubled' for hunger strikers

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Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Upon his return to Sudan after 11 years of incarceration at the hands of the U.S. military in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a frail 52-year-old Ibrahim Idris declared at a Thursday press conference in Khartoum that detainess at the prison "have been subjected to meticulous, daily torture with punishment," with 'double' the abuse for those who participated in the hunger strike.

“We were helpless…on an isolated island, surrounded by weapons,” he stated, his voice described as soft and weak in numerous media reports.

Idris returned to Sudan on Thursday with fellow detainee and 51-year-old Sudanese citizen Noor Othman Mohammed—who was reportedly unable to attend the press conference because he was receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

Idris, who suffers from mental and physical illness, spent much of his incarceration in a psychiatric facility, held without ever being charged with a crime. His release to Sudan came years after he was cleared for transfer, in a prison where over half of the inmates have already been approved for release.

Idris's account of "doubled" torture for hunger strikers comes days after the U.S. military announced it is placing a media blackout on information about hunger strikes within the notorious offshore prison.

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