An Innocent Man in Guantanamo: The Lawyers who Struggle for Freedom with Baher Azmy, CCR cooperating habeas counsel and Bernhard


Add to My Calendar Thursday, April 3, 2008


Join the Center for Constitutional Rights to celebrate the publication of the new book by former Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz.

In October 2001, nineteen year old Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, traveled to Pakistan to learn more about his Muslim faith. A few weeks later, on the day he was to return to Germany, Kurnaz was arrested at a police checkpoint without explanation. Kurnaz was then handed over to the U.S. military and transported to a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. After two months, Kurnaz was taken to Guantanamo and held prisoner for five years.

Murat Kurnaz memoir, FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo, with an introduction by Patti Smith and an epilogue by CCR cooperating habeas counsel Baher Azmy, is a powerful reminder that every day human lives are at stake. During his imprisonment, Kurnaz suffered solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, physical abuse, and sexual humiliation. Despite his best efforts to communicate his innocence, Kurnaz was charged as an enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal in Guantanamo in September 2004.

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Time: 4pm

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March 31, 2008