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Admitted terrorist testifies on his secret Guantanamo perks

MiamiHerald / An al-Qaida terrorist turned prosecution witness is being rewarded with a comfortable cabin-style lockup where he can garden, paint, exercise, learn English by Rosetta Stone, cook meals for his interrogators and attorneys and watch American comedy TV.

In sworn testimony on Saturday Ahmed al Darbi, 42, described morphing from a lying, feces-flinging prisoner with a bad behavior record in the maximum-security Camp Five prison to a cooperating witness now cloistered in Camp Echo, an annex of the prison compound across the street.

Darbi has his own kitchen with a freezer stocked with meat and other special, spices and other never-before-disclosed perks to pass his time preparing to testify as a witness for the war court prosecutor in two cases, one that seeks the death-penalty.

The prison provides him with lamb, rabbit, chicken, shrimp and other halal meat, he agreed, as defense attorney Air Force Maj. Yolanda Miller read from what sounded like a shopping list.

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