Thursday 27 November 2014

Ex-Gitmo inmates slam Dark Thirty

Published 11/01/2013 | 10:26

Jessica Chastain stars in Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden

Two former Guantanamo detainees have criticised Zero Dark Thirty, a film purportedly based on the real-life hunt for Osama bin Laden which suggests that brutal interrogations provided key intelligence.

Iraqi-born Bisher al-Rawi and Libyan-born Omar Deghayes - who was partially blinded after what he said was an American guard's attempt to gouge out his eyes - said the Oscar-nominated movie legitimises abuse.

Speaking on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, the former detainees described the film as an attempt to rehabilitate those guilty of torture.

The film - which is nominated at the Baftas and the Oscars - has not yet opened in the U.K.

Neither former detainee has seen the movie but the torture scenes have been widely discussed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Press Association

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