Majid Shoukat Khan is one of 39 detainees still in the military prison of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Khan was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and held for over three years in secret CIA prisons known as “black sites”. Khan’s lawyers said he suffered “severe physical and psychological trauma from which he is unlikely to fully recover” as a result of the torture.
Khan, a native of Pakistan who attended high school in Baltimore, Maryland, was detained by the US government without charge until 2012. He pleaded guilty in 2012, as part of a deal that required him to testify against other inmates. After being sentenced, he did not receive a final conviction until October 2021, according to the panel’s letter.
“Despite being referred to as an ‘belligerent unprivileged foreign enemy’, technically devoid of the rights of American citizens, the utter disregard for the fundamental concepts upon which the Constitution was founded is an affront to American values and concepts of justice “, indicates the letter.
Panel members are also asking for clemency due to the extent to which Khan was tortured while in U.S. government custody.
“Mr. Khan has been subjected to physical and psychological abuse far beyond approved enhanced interrogation techniques, approximating instead torture practiced by the most abusive regimes in modern history,” the letter said. “It’s a stain on America’s moral fiber.”
He added: “The treatment of Mr. Khan at the hands of American personnel should be a source of shame on the United States government.”
Last week, Khan reported on the torture he suffered while in US detention, the first time a detainee tortured under the CIA’s Enhanced Interrogation Skills program has done so. in public. The New York Times first reported
Khan’s testimony before the military judge and military jury of the Guantánamo Bay War Tribunal.
The United States has accused Khan of helping al Qaeda plan attacks in the United States and elsewhere and of conspiring with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind accused of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The United States also accused Khan of giving $ 50,000 in Al Qaeda funds to an Al Qaeda affiliate based in Southeast Asia, which then gave the money to Jemaah Islamiyah to fund. the August 2003 bombing of the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.