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Guantanamo detainee challenges force-feeding

March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A detainee at Guantanamo Bay is challenging force-feeding practices at the facility imposed on prisoners who go on hunger strikes.

In a court filing Tuesday, a 34-year-old Yemeni national who has been held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, since 2002 alleges that detainees have been force-fed up to a 1 gallon (nearly 4 liters) at a time of nutrient and water. Another detainee reported that feeding sessions have speeded up, compressed into as little as 20 minutes.

The filing by lawyers for Emad Abdullah Hassan follows a federal appeals court ruling last month that left the door open for detainees to go to court over confinement conditions.

At the Justice Department, spokeswoman Allison Price said the court filing is being reviewed.

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