FORT MEADE, Maryland. – The first CIA prisoner subjected to harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11 attacks, a last-minute decision not to testify about the conditions in the detention centre Guantanamo Bay.
Zayne Abu Zubaydah was to testify on Friday in a hearing for a co-detainee, but his testimony was demolished after a Thursday evening meeting with his lawyers. They feared that his testimony could create legal problems for him in the future.
It would be the first time Zubaydah had spoken publicly since he was captured in 2002. He has never been charged. In 2003, he was subjected to 83 rounds of waterboarding, an interrogation practice that simulates drowning.
The hearing was in the detention centre on Cuba, but can be seen on a video-link set up in Fort Meade.