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Gitmo detainee's death possibly suicide3/2/07
A Swiss forensic expert hired by an Arab rights group to carry out an autopsy on a Yemeni detainee found hanged in his cell at the Guantanamo Bay military prison said Friday that suicide was possible.
But Patrice Mangin said he could not be sure because the U.S. authorities refused to release additional information.
The rights group and the father of Ali Abdullah Ahmed, one of three inmates who died in separate cells at Guantanamo on June 10, allege he died under torture. The U.S. said the three used their sheets and clothing as nooses, and left notes.
"The assumption of suicide is compatible" with the findings, said Mangin, of the Lausanne University Institute of Forensic Medicine.
He said the cause of death was "asphyxiation ... resulting from pressure on the neck. The presence of a ligature (on the neck) is indeed compatible with hanging."
But Mangin said he needed more information to be absolutely sure it was suicide.
Questions remained, particularly about the position in which the body was found and what material was used for the hanging, as well as what sort of medical treatment was used after the body was discovered.
Mangin said the body was returned to the family in good shape, but that parts of the throat removed in the U.S. autopsy had not been handed over. He said he would need to examine them to be more conclusive in his findings.
The U.S. authorities, who concluded in their own autopsy last June that Ahmed committed suicide, did not respond to these and other questions sent to them in a letter last summer, said Mangin, who spoke at a news conference with the Geneva-based rights group Alkarama for Human Rights.
The group said it rejected the assumption of suicide.
Rachid Mesli of Alkarama said it was impossible for the detainees, who were under constant surveillance, to hang themselves in the cells.
The three deaths have fueled demands in the United States and abroad to close the prison, where about 460 detainees captured in the war on terror are being held, some for years without charge