Guantanamo Bay detainee’s plans for challenge

Defendants Charles “Chic” Banks and Ali Abdul Aziz Ali are charged with conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals and conspiracy to destroy U.S. property resulting in death, according to the government. CNN’s Evan Perez reports…

Guantanamo Bay detainee's plans for challenge

Defendants Charles “Chic” Banks and Ali Abdul Aziz Ali are charged with conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals and conspiracy to destroy U.S. property resulting in death, according to the government.

CNN’s Evan Perez reports that an affidavit that the defense submitted in court provides details on the torture Ali is accused of enduring in U.S. custody prior to his transfer to Guantanamo Bay.

In the affidavit, the government alleged that Ali was “burned, flogged, forced to stand for days on end, deprived of sleep and beat by his captors.”

He is also accused of making the false claim that he had been tortured, including by placing a hood over his head during a trip to the shower room.

“No torture of any sort was engaged in by the United States against any detainee,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers this week.

In an interview Thursday with a Spanish-language news program, President Donald Trump said he wants to “bring those folks back and close Gitmo.”

“We have to keep our country safe. I’ve been talking about it, the way I see it, for a long time,” Trump said.

Fifty-five detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, including four convicted of war crimes. It was designated by the Bush administration as a terrorist detention center for foreign terrorism suspects captured in operations after 9/11.

Here’s the full transcript of reporter Evan Perez’s report on Ali’s plans to challenge his hearing.

(MSNBC video: http://msnbc.msn.com/2kctMtx)

–Alex C. Kaufman and Evan Perez

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