Al Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer, speaks with Reporters Without Borders about his client’s ordeal in Guantanamo Bay

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Smith also thanked Al Jazeera, the Qatari and Sudanese governments as well as organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, for tiredlessly advocating for the release of Sami Al-Haj. Al-Haj was charged with running an extremist Islamic website, connecting him to Al-Qaeda in his attempt to interview Osama Bin Landen.”(The US military) alleged that he was a terrorist because he had trained in Al Jazeera. The precise words were, ‘the detainee admitted that he had trained in the use of the camera with Al Jazeera,’ and that is meant to be understood as some sort of terrorism,” Smith said.”There’s no legal basis. They would come up with new allegations and we would prove that the allegations were rubbish.”Watch the video (part 2) Organisation Based on Smith’s testimony, there were no clear reasons as to why al-Haj was not release before. In fact, according to Smith, al-Haj is still considered a terrorist by US authorities.During his imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay, interrogators coerced al-Haj into becoming a witness against Al Jazeera, accusing the network television of receiving funds directly from Al Qaeda.” I think it’s just an assault on Al Jazeera, I mean its very, very sad – speaking as an American – we are meant to support free speech… Al Jazeera in the beacon of free speech in the Middle East,” Smith explained.He also commented on al-Haj’s health saying that he arrived at hospital in Khartoum, Sudan very weak after facing a long and tough flight. He was not allowed to use the toilet for twenty hours and al-Haj kept the hunger strike until he arrived in Sudan – that meant no food and water. He was also in shackles and was blinded with a hood.”The doctors (in Sudan) were worried that he wouldn’t survive,” Smith said. “On the other hand, within two or three days he was doing a lot better.”In addition to being tortured during his captivity in Guantanamo Bay, doctors informed al-Haj that he had cancer, but he could not see a specialist. Sudanese doctors who examined al-Haj upon his arrival, said he tested negative for cancer.As for al-Haj’s professional life, Smith said that for the time being his client has no intention of traveling to a war zone again. He also said that the US has tried to put pressure on the Sudanese government to prevent al-Haj from traveling or working again with Al Jazeera.”He would rather stay in Guantanamo ten years rather than signing any such papers,” Smith said. “When he was being release, the admiral who came to see him tried to get him to sign a document, and he told him that the advice of his lawyer was not to sign anything.”On the allegations of torture, which the US authorities deny, Smith said his client was interrogated a 130 different occasions, out of which 120 of the interrogations focused on trying to get al-Haj to say that Al Jazeera is a terrorist organization. Smith also discussed the methods by which he was force-fed in the prison- guards pulled the tube inserted through the nose – explicitly to try to press prisoners to come off the hunger strike, “I think that’s inhumane,” he said. Al-Haj also went under a total of 478 days of a hunger strike. “You think about the IRA hunger strikers back in the 1980s – the maximum anyone did was 70 (days)”Smith himself was subject to accusations by the US government, alleging that he incited three prisoners to commit suicide. “I think it’s pretty disgusting that they accuse me of trying to get my clients to commit suicide.”In regards to the future of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Smith said that we face more danger today than before September 11th. “No sane person can look you in the eye and say that Guantanamo Bay has made the world a safer place.”According to Smith, “Guantanamo Bay is going to close.” But the real issue is that the US has about 27,000 prisoners and other secret jails where prisoners are in worst conditions than those in Guantanamo Bay. United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Statescenter_img Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith gave a candid interview on Monday, May 19 to Reporters Without Borders about his client, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj. Al-Haj had spent the last six years detained in Guantanamo Bay before being released earlier this month. RSF_en Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith gave a candid interview on Monday, May 19 to Reporters Without Borders USA Director Lucie Morillon about his client, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj. Al-Haj had spent the last six years detained in Guantanamo Bay before being released earlier this month. Smith arrived in the United States this week to testify before Congress on the situation in Guantanamo. In the interview, he explained al-Haj’s health condition and his future as a journalist after being released.Watch the video (part 1) Help by sharing this information to go further News United StatesAmericas News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer, speaks with Reporters Without Borders about his client’s ordeal in Guantanamo Bay last_img read more

Historical lecture

first_imgFacebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RATHKEALE and District Historical Society will host a free lecture on the involvement of Irish people in the American Civil War this Friday, February 27 at 8.30pm. The presentation from archaeologist, historian and author Damian Shiels will reveal how the majority of the 170,000 or so Irish-born who fought in this conflict between 1861 and 1865 had earlier endured the Great Irish Famine. The lecture will be held in the Community Arts Centre above the library on the Ballingarry Road. Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Email TAGSAmerican Civil WarDamian ShielslimerickRathkeale and District Historical Society Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsHistorical lectureBy Alan Jacques – February 26, 2015 582 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article€7 million contract for Shannon HeritageNext articleSoup run dishes out kindness from new Limerick city centre location Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

ISP: Tips roll in following updated investigation information

first_imgDelphi, In. — Since the news briefing on April 22, 2019, the Multi-Agency Task Force has received over 2,200 emails, 400 calls and an additional 135 calls and or walk-ins to local police departments and state police posts around the state.  The total amount since the inception of the email and tip line is over 42,000.Please remember that we are looking for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed this crime.Be specific as possible to a descriptionName and age if possibleA connection to Delphi and that person’s location or address at this timeLeaving information on how we can contact you for possible clarification of your tip is helpful but not requiredTips can remain anonymousIf you have a tip, no matter how insignificant you feel it might be, contact us by email at [email protected] or phone at 844-459-5786.last_img read more

Over 50 horses entered as Trophy Stall donates trophies for outstanding performers

first_imgMORE than 50 horses are expected to take the track today when the Rising Sun Turf Club, in collaboration with Banks DIH Limited and Trophy Stall, stages its grand one-day horse race meet at the Rising Sun Turf Club Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.Six races are carded for the day with close to $3M in cash, trophies and other prizes up for grabs.The feature event is for horses classified G and Lower over 1400m for a winning take of $400 000 with stakes and trophy donated by Banks DIH Limited.A ding-dong battle is expected with Settling Star, Santa Cruz Lady, Valentina, Goodwill Boy, Chamelie and Precise Moment looking to attain the top prize.Among those entered to compete in the 1400m event for H3 maiden horses and those that did not race for over a year for the $300 000 winning take are Sweet Return, Not This Time, Miss Olympic, Catch A Glimpse and Touch Down.Bank Note, Simba, She is a Man Eater, Perfect Dream, Catholic Boy, Perfect Drift, Sunday Silence, Up Top Boss, Perfect Storm and Perfect Pleasure will all be looking for a perfect day in the event for three-year-olds Open Guyana-bred animals .The top prize is $300 000 and trophy for the Over-1100m.The K and Lower event will see animals race over 1100m for a winner’s take of $200 000 and trophy. Cherish Me, Irish Boy, First Prince, Prince D and Game Over are among those set to compete.The L and Lower Open animals will be galloping for a bounty of $150 000 and trophy over a distance of 1100m. Looking to cross the line first are Fresh Prince, Secret Escape, Fresh Dancer, Prince D and Irish Boy.The L Class maiden race has the likes of The Republican, Osana, Song Bird, Dan Star, Escape, Princess Selene, City Of Lights, Maximum Cash, Rhiman Star and Joyful Love competing over 1100m for the winning prize of $125 000 and trophy.Sponsors are Banks DIH Limited, Colin Elcock Delmur Trading, Trophy Stall, Romell Jagroop, Jumbo Jet and Shariff Racing Stables among others.Outstanding jockey, stable and trainer will all be presented with accolades, compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall.Contact and queries can be made with Fazal Habibulla on telephone 657-7010. Race time is 13:00hrs.last_img read more

Ambode Approves Staging of Five Sports Championships

first_imgIn a bid to increase activities in Lagos sporting arena, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the staging of five School championships to be organised between now and end of the year.The organisation of these tournaments is part of the administration of Governor Ambode to develop Sports at the Grass roots especially in the Schools where these budding athletes abound.This was revealed by Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports, who stated that Ambode is so passionate about giving young athletes the chance to exhibit their God-given talents, as it is when they are discovered and groomed at their tender ages that they would become stars of tomorrow. “His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has graciously approved the staging of five School Sports Championships. I can tell you that the first in the series will come up in the next two weeks.“We will be having Championships in Swimming, Table Tennis, Cricket, Scrabble and a Gymnastics initiative Programme designed to open up the Sporting Facilities in Lagos to the public.“We want to bring sports development to the schools as it is within this school environment that genuine and proper grassroots sports development can take its roots,” Tinubu said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more