“The health of Sami al-Hajj, an Al Jazeera cameraman being held in Guantanamo Bay, has deteriorated sharply in recent months according to notes previously censored by the US authorities.
Al-Hajj has reportedly lost 18kg in weight since he began a hunger strike last year according to the notes from a meeting with his lawyer in July.
“He’s just losing it,” Clive Stafford Smith, his lawyer, said in a telephone interview. “He’s definitely deteriorating physically and mentally from the hunger strike.”
Go to this link for an update:http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/51EE6A7E-DC7C-4CB9-8D52-829BC08D69AB.htm
Original July 7th Post
“Sami Al-Hajj, prisoner 345 at the United States Detainment Centre in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, has been on hunger strike since 7th January, 2007.
Sami was arrested in Pakistan in December 2001 whilst travelling with a legitimate visa to work in Afghanistan as a cameraman for Al Jazeera. But he is being held as an ‘enemy combatant’.
prisoner345.net is dedicated to empowering Sami’s family, friends and colleagues, together with all supporters of human rights around the world, in the campaign to set him free.” From the website: http://www.prisoner345.net/
Sami is represented by Anglo-American lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, Legal Director of the London-based charity Reprieve (firstname.lastname@example.org). His Al Jazeera contact is Ahmad Ibrahim (email@example.com).