Guantánamo prisoner Slahi wants to return to Germany

A Guantánamo Bay prisoner who admitted – under torture – to having organised trips to Afghan training camps for aspiring Jihadists including three of those involved in the 9/11 attacks, says he wants to return to Germany if he is released. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, 39, who comes from Mauretania but lived and studied in Duisburg and Essen between 1988 and 1999, told his brother he wanted to come back to Germany.

Der Spiegel reported that the brother, Yahdih Ould Slahi, who lives in Düsseldorf, received an hour-long phone call from Guantánamo Bay, in which Slahi said he would be asking to return to Germany if he was released. Slahi is seen as one of the most high-profile prisoners held in the notorious prison due to his admission to a string of allegations after being subjected to sleep deprivation, constant noise, sexual humiliation and threats against his mother.

These allegations included recruited Islamists and arranging for 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta to visit a training camp in Afghanistan. He later retracted all his admissions, writing in a letter that he simply said yes to everything that was put to him, to stop the torture.