NEW YORK (RUSHPRNEWS) O6/19/2008- Murat Kurnaz's story reads like a Hollywood screenplay, but, as he told 60 Minutes recently, it was a real world hell he endured for five years of his life. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Kurnaz—a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany—was abducted while traveling in Pakistan with a group of missionaries. Sold as a terror suspect for a $3,000 bounty, Kurnaz was handed over to the U.S. military and shipped to a secret prison in Afghanistan.
Two months later, he was flown to Guantánamo. Kurnaz reports that while in U.S. custody he endured hundreds of interrogations and various forms of torture – including electric shocks, beatings, extreme temperatures, and being forced to hang by his hands for hours at a time.
Kurnaz eventually won his freedom in 2006, prompted by letters from Amnesty volunteers and personal pleas from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to President Bush—even though official documents show that U.S. and German authorities concluded back in 2002 that he should be released!
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Murat Kurnaz endured torture and abuse during his five years of imprisonment at Guantánamo Bay.
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