Afghan prisoner, Malim Awal Gul, embraced martyrdom on Tuesday last due to bestiality of the American rulers in Guantanamo Prison.
Malim Awal Gul, 48, was accused of being a Taliban commander.
Gul, born in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, was a commander of the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (Hekmatyar), who fought against the Soviet Union, in 1979. The US soldiers arrested him in Nangarhar province about ten years back.
Family members of Gul denied Gul had any sort of links with the Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters. "If he was not innocent, the US officials would have proved his case," brother of Gul, Haji Nazar Mohammad, said.
Gul's family also called for the handover of his body. His family members along with a number of residents arrived in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province to seek the government's help in receiving Gul's body.
His brother, Zazar Gul, said they were mourning his brother's death over the past three days.
He urged International Forces, International Committee of Red Cross and Afghan government to hand them his brother's body.
“The international forces are issuing controversial statements about the circumstances surrounding Gul's death," the brother said. He said once they said Awal Gul died in bathroom and then they said he fell from a sport machine and died. He added he talked to his brother 20 days ago by internet with the help of Red Cross office and that he was alright.
He claimed that his brother was killed through torture in detention. Rahman also criticised the press for not inquiring after Gul's health during his nine years of detention.
According to the US military officials as many as seven inmates at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison facility had so far died.
Guantanamo Bay, detainment facility was created in 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees from the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. It is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo of the US government.
As many as 800 prisoners, including Afghans, had been held in the centre and most of the detainees had been freed or handed to the governments of their respective countries.
The martyrdom of the eminent commander Moalim Awal Gul at the hands of the Americans in Guantanamo Prison is a clear indicator of the American violation of all national and international agreements and covenants and portrays their brutal behavior with the detainees in this illegitimate prison.
It is now one year since the issuance of decree by president of America, Barack Obama, regarding the closure of the Guantanamo Prison but it is still operative. Hundreds of Muslims have been suffering in the prison in a very brutal environment for the past nine years without any legal justification. The martyrdom of the eminent commander Moalim Awal Gul at the hands of the Americans in Guantanamo Prison is a clear indicator of the American violation of all national and international agreements and covenants and portrays their brutal behavior with the detainees in this illegitimate prison.
Association of those prisoners, who had been freed from the centre, in Kabul, expressed concerns over the death of Gul. Member of the association, Rohullah, said that both Afghan and the US governments should help family members of Gul.
Following the death of an Afghan prisoner in the US military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the association of ex-Gitmo detainees on Saturday called for transfer of all Afghan prisoners to jails in their home country.
"The Afghan government should keep all the 23 Afghan prisoners in its own jails," one of the association members, Haji Rohullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Source: Pajhwok & Agencies