Ex-Guantanamo guard describes torture methods

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15 August 2005, HAMBURG - In a German documentary film, a former U.S. military policeman has claimed prisoners were marched night and day inside the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo in 2003 to make them more susceptible to interrogation.

15 August 2005

HAMBURG - In a German documentary film, a former U.S. military policeman has claimed prisoners were marched night and day inside the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo in 2003 to make them more susceptible to interrogation.

Specialist Sean Baker, 38, the military policeman who went public last year with an account of being beaten up at Guantanamo by U.S. personnel who mistook him for a prisoner, claimed prisoners had also been alternately locked in cold and hot rooms to discomfit them.

Baker's account was screened Sunday evening in Germany. The documentary was made by Spiegel TV, an arm of the Spiegel news magazine. Baker was on television news programmes last year describing how he suffers fits since being beaten up in January 2003.

He told the interviewers the main mistreatment methods had been the hot-and-cold rooms, chaining prisoners to steel floors and deprivation of sleep.

"Two guards would hold up a prisoner from each side and walk around with him for hours on end. Then another unit would replace them. That could go on all night and into the next day," he said.

Baker has said he began an assignment at the camp in November 2002. His eight weeks of service ended with his injury, which he says was at the hands of other military policeman who did not realize he was a fellow-serviceman. He has been an invalid since.

DPA

Subject: German news

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