Mehdi Ghezali

Swede Abandons Guantanamo Suit

Swedish citizen Mehdi Ghezali has dropped plans to sue the US authorities for damages after being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years.

Ghezali’s lawyer Anton Strand told the Swedish News Agency TT he was unable to continue after the American law firm he had been in contact with refused to pursue the case. Ghezali’s legal team had been working for three years to establish contact with law firms in the US, to seek damages from the US on Ghezali’s behalf.

Ghezali was seeking compensation for his imprisonment without trial at the American military base in Guantanamo Bay. Strand said that the chances of obtaining compensation now were minimal and therefore Ghezali was no longer interested in pursuing the case.

Ghezali was 22 when he was arrested in Pakistan in December 2001, and subsequently held at Guantanamo until his release in 2004.

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