Mr Nashiri said he made up stories to satisfy his captors
Terror suspect 'tortured by US'
A Saudi man held in US custody for five years has told a military
hearing he was tortured into confessing a role in the bombing of the
USS Cole in 2000.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 41, said he had faced years of torture after
his arrest in 2002, a Pentagon transcript from the closed-door hearing
Mr Nashiri said he made up stories to satisfy his captors, the
transcript said, but gave no details of torture.
He was among 14 "high-value" detainees moved to Guantanamo Bay in
One time they tortured me one way, and another time they tortured me
in a different way
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri transcript
Key US terror suspects
The 14 men were previously held in secret CIA prisons but are now
being detained in a maximum security wing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The US has accused Mr Nashiri of being the leader of al-Qaeda's
operations in the Gulf at the time of the attack in Yemen, which
killed 17 US sailors and almost sunk the warship.
He was tried in absentia in a Yemeni court in September 2004 and
sentenced to death.
Mr Nashiri's testimony was given at a military tribunal held at
Guantanamo to determine his status as an "enemy combatant" on 14
March, AFP news agency reports.
"From the time I was arrested five years ago, they have been torturing
me," the transcript of his hearing read.
"It happened during interviews. One time they tortured me one way, and
another time they tortured me in a different way.
According to his testimony he eventually "confessed" to playing a key
role in the bombing of the USS Cole.
"I just said those things to make the people happy," the transcript read.
"They were very happy when I told them those things."
Among the apparent confessions contained in the transcript, Mr Nashiri
told his interrogators that he met al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden
several times and received significant amounts of money from him.
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