Hisham Sliti was captured by Pakistani soldiers and sold to US forces for a bounty. He was brutally tortured for four months in Kandahar, Afghanistan, then taken to Guantánamo Bay. He was held there without charge for 13 years.
Reprieve represented Hisham during his detention, and he was finally released in November 2014. He is now rebuilding his life in Europe with the help of Reprieve’s Life After Guantánamo Team.
“I first met Hisham seven years ago. He no more belonged in prison then than today. This is a welcome day, if long overdue, and Hisham is looking forward to rebuilding his life and starting a family. Let us hope that the dozens of other cleared men left in Gitmo will soon follow.” Reprieve attorney Cori Crider
Hisham was abused in Guantánamo and spent long periods of isolation in the notorious Camp V. One interrogator, nicknamed “King Kong”, threw a mini-fridge at him, which hit him in the face and left visible scars.
“I have been mistreated in ways that I am trying hard to forget since I was taken into U.S. custody… I will not detail my mistreatment here, but it suffices to say that it has frequently amounted to torture under any sane definition of that term.”
Born in Tunisia, Hisham moved to Italy as an adult and found work on fishing boats. After developing rheumatism, he decided to move to Afghanistan where it was cheaper to live and where he hoped to settle down. He hated life under the Taliban and tried to leave, hoping to get back to Europe. In 2001, he paid an Afghan $20 to take him over the mountains so he could escape on foot. Instead, he was taken to a house and sold to Pakistani soldiers who handed him over to US forces for a bounty.
A 48 year-old Tunisian has today been released from Guantánamo Bay after 13 years imprisoned without charge or trial.