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Guantanamo Swede gets government help to sue U.S.

Published tisdag 26 oktober 2004 kl 14.40
Photo:Bertil Ericsson/Pressens Bild

The Swede held for more than two years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is to receive financial help from the Swedish government if he pursues his planned lawsuit against the United States. 

Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali, a Swede of Algerian origin, was released from Guantanamo in July without being charged by the U.S. military.  He says he plans to file a joint lawsuit together with other European prisoners who were released this summer. 

Ghezali’s request for legal aid has been approved by Sweden’s Legal Aid Authority for up to one hundred hours for his Swedish and an American attorney.  Should heneed more than 100 hours, he will have to apply for more financial aid.   

This marks the first time the Swedish agency has approved legal aid for seeking financial damages against the United States. 

Ghezali claims he was physically and emotionally abused by guards at the camp.   

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