Murat Kurnaz testifies

Murat Kurnaz, the Turkish citizen and German resident who was held at Kandahar and Guantanamo, has testified the following to a German parliamentary committe investigating his kidnapping and the possible involvment of German forces:

He said Wednesday that he had been suspended for several days in chains while in Kandahar and inspected by a doctor only for his “fitness to be tortured.” He claimed a German-speaking interrogator gained regular access to him in both prisons dressed as a Red Cross worker, and that other prisoners in Kandahar were exposed – either naked or in thin clothes – to extreme cold. […]

Kurnaz […] was arrested in Pakistan shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 and sent to prison in Afghanistan. He was transfered to Guantánamo Bay in 2002, the same year US officials suggested he should go free for lack of evidence. The US released him only after a personal intervention by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington in 2006. Kurnaz now lives with his family in Bremen.

Kurnaz, who turned 24 on Thursday, is an embarrassment to US and German authorities because he spent so much time in the terrorist prisons Kandahar and Guantánamo without ever yielding evidence of belonging to a terrorist group.

Quoted from Spiegel Online. The story is all over the place in Germany. Kurnaz’ claims have not been verified but pretty much everyone is inclined to believe him.