Ex-Gitmo inmates: Movie excuses torture

2013-01-10 22:15
Zero Dark Thirty (Picture: AP)

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London - 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 movie legitimises abuse.

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

The film received an Oscar nomination on Thursday but has not yet opened in the UK.

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

- AP
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