Guantanamo prisoner dies while exercising: military

By Reuters
Thursday, February 3, 2011 14:26 EDT
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MIAMI – An Afghan prisoner collapsed and died at the Guantanamo detention center after working out on an exercise machine, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

Awal Malim Gul, who was accused of being a Taliban commander and al Qaeda associate, died at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base on Tuesday evening, the military’s Southern Command said.

Gul, 48, had been using an elliptical trainer, a stationary exercise machine used to simulate stair-climbing or running. A legal source said he collapsed while exercising but the military said he collapsed in the shower afterward.

“Other detainees in his cell block then assisted Gul to the guard station for medical attention,” the military said in a news release. “The guards immediately alerted medical personnel, who upon arriving at the cell block found him unresponsive.”

Gul was taken to the medical bay inside the camp where he lived and then transferred to the base hospital but could not be revived, the military said.

Gul had been held without charge at Guantanamo since October 2002. He is the seventh captive to die there since the detention center opened on the U.S. navy base in January 2002.

One other died of natural causes — colon cancer — and five died of apparent suicide.

The camp has held nearly 800 foreign captives since the United States invaded Afghanistan to oust al Qaeda’s Taliban protectors after the hijacked plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. It still holds 172 prisoners.

Gul’s body will be repatriated after an autopsy is conducted to determine the cause of death, the military said.

“The remains of the deceased detainee are being treated with the utmost respect. A Muslim chaplain is assisting the Joint Task Force to ensure that the remains are handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner,” the military said.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has begun an investigation of the death, which is standard procedure, the military statement said.

Gul was captured in Afghanistan in February 2002 and sent to Guantanamo eight months later.

The U.S. military said he commanded a Taliban supply base in Jalalabad and later commanded a unit that fought in Kabul against the Northern Alliance, the Afghan militia allied with U.S. forces.

“Gul also admitted to meeting with Osama bin Laden and providing him with operational assistance on several occasions,” the U.S. military said.

Gul lived in Camp 6, which is modeled after a modern U.S. civilian prisons. Captives live in individual cells ringed around a communal living area.

(Additional reporting by Missy Ryan in Kabul; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Died while being “exercised” huh?

    When are we shutting down this abomination to human rights?
    Where is the “change”?@#~!

  • Anonymous

    “Gul had been held without charge at Guantanamo since October 2002.” Here’s an excerpt from that quaint little Bill of Rights: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial…” And the US government has the balls to call other countries on their human rights records– unbelievable.

    “The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has begun an investigation of the death…”

    Will they be interviewing Bush? How about Obama? I thought he was going to shut it down a year ago.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4R2P2BMMM5JTCYWGEU4YW6UWQ Dago T

    Was he doing the U of Iowa football team workout?

  • iRead

    “One other died of natural causes — colon cancer — and five died of apparent suicide.”

    Gimme a fucking break! Now, our illustrious media is running with the official CIA pablum about the three individuals (tortured to death) at “Camp No” suffering from simultaneous suicide. Reuters, no less. Absolutely disgusting.

    I’m giving Reuters a #2 spot on my Media to Ignore list.

    There oughtta be a goddamned law.

    A.G. Eric Holder is all over this case, right?
    (sound of crickets)

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    You can buy stock in a defense contractor company just like many of our millionaire Congressmen. Then you would be hopeful the crap leads to a more dangerous world for the United States. You could be hopeful the government really depends on your company, and buys lots of whatever killing machine your company makes. Imagine the profits skyrocketing and dividend checks rolling in. With that money you can donate to Republicans who will keep the defense contractors well taken care of.

    Hate: It’s what Republicans love to profit from.

  • http://twitter.com/Covert4Liberty Brimstone Hill

    Maybe they should think about loosing the S&M collars they wrap around these guys necks, or at least remove the leashes before they allow them to get on those dangerous treadmills.
    Sorry, I’m not buying this shit.
    He died on the machine……..nope, he died in the shower…..nope, he died at the infirmary……
    Get the fuck outta here.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the only thing they have ever had to sell.

  • Stoney-Browning

    If anybody believes this line of shit, I have some prime oceanfront property for sale up here in the Mountains of North Carolina!

  • Anonymous

    Three of the Gitmo prisoners were tortured to death at “Camp No,” a secret compound at Gitmo: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/01/hbc-90006368
    It’s evil enough when Obama refuses to prosecute murder; the evil’s compounded when our “free press” catapults the propaganda to help the coverup.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for reminding us of that. I like how the writers of the Reuters article just swept that under the rug, listing those deaths as “apparent suicide”.

  • Anonymous

    “The remains of the deceased detainee are being treated with the utmost respect.”

    Irony is apparently completely lost on the US military!!!!