Gitmo ex-detainee visits Belfast

Former Guant_namo detainee Murat Kurnaz launched his powerful book ‘Five Years of My Life: an Innocent Man in Guant_namo’ at an Amnesty International event in the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival last week in Belfast. Readings from the book were followed by a question and answer session chaired by Amnesty International programme director, Patrick Corrigan. Patrick Corrigan said: “Murat Kurnaz has a powerful story to tell: illegal detention, prisoner abuse, solitary confinement in Guant_namo Bay. His personal story is the story of the so-called _war on terror’of the last seven years. It is one of the compelling stories of our time.” Murat Kurnaz was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1982, into a family of Turkish immigrants. After his marriage in 2001, Murat Kurnaz became an increasingly devout Muslim. Less than a month after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the USA, he went to Pakistan, telling his mother he wanted to “see and live the Qur’an”. Muslim Weekly->http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=F47FA263E07453001431D3AB&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News [Concord Monitor->http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/ENTERTAINMENT01/805180336