The administration of US President Joe Biden has informed the Supreme Court that a suspected al-Qaeda leader held at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can give limited testimony about his CIA torture.
Court judges questioned The US Supreme Court earlier this month explained why the US government did not allow the detainee Abu Zubaydah to testify.
The Palestinian Abu Zubaydah was arrested in 2002 in Pakistan and has been held by the United States since then without charges, and he has been repeatedly subjected to waterboarding, a form of waterboarding widely considered torture.
In response to questions from three judges during oral arguments earlier this month, Acting Attorney General Brian Fletcher sent a letter to the court on “Nevertheless, the government will allow Zubaydah, at his request, to send an advertisement,” Fletcher wrote in the letter seen by Reuters on Sunday. He can then be referred to the Polish investigation.” However, he added that any information could be subject to redaction if it “harmful to the security interests of the United States.”
Poland is believed to be where the CIA used harsh interrogation techniques against Abu Zubaydah.
Abu Zubaydah, now 50, spent 15 years in Guantanamo, and is one of many detainees still held there.
US government documents showed that he lost an eye and underwent a simulation Drowning 83 times in one month while in CIA custody.
A US Department of Justice file said earlier, that he was “a long-time terrorist partner and ally of Osama bin Laden”, the leader of the “Al-Qaeda” group who Killed by US forces in Pakistan in 2011.