Ammar al Baluchi is facing the death penalty at his forthcoming trial in the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay.
In secret CIA custody, Ammar al Baluchi was subjected to enforced disappearance and to torture and other ill-treatment.
Ammar Al Baluchi has been charged with wiring money to men involved in the hijackings of the planes on 11 September 2001.
He has alleged that he was subjected to “walling” (“they smashed my head against the wall repeatedly”), to suspension from the ceiling of his cell, forced nudity, loud music, darkness, and threats.
His present conditions of confinement at Camp 7 in Guantánamo Bay, where he has been held for more than a decade, remain classified top secret.
According to his lawyers, Ammar al Baluchi displays symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of the torture and other ill-treatment. He continues to be denied independent assessment and medical treatment. His capacity to assist his lawyers appears to be impaired. His lawyers are themselves facing obstacles in obtaining certain information, due to governmental classification.
“I was and still am subjected to retraumatization on daily bases every day for more than 4,500 days in row, every day I am subjected to multiple aspects of my torture, every day I am exposed to multiple reminders of my torture. And this is not happening randomly, but systematically”, Ammar Al Baluchi.
Amnesty International has consistently called for those responsible for this crime against humanity to be brought to justice in accordance with international fair trials standards and without resort to the death penalty.
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