Reprint – Sami Al-Hajj, prisoner 345 August 22, 2007

“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:

Original July 7th Post 

Sami al Haj, ISN 345
Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay
P.O. Box 166, Washington, DC 20355

“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’. 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:

Sami is represented by Anglo-American lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, Legal Director of the London-based charity Reprieve ( His Al Jazeera contact is Ahmad Ibrahim (



Filed under Al Jazeera, Sami Al-Hajj, Terrorism

2 responses to “Reprint – Sami Al-Hajj, prisoner 345 August 22, 2007

  1. It’s a disgrace how the government of my country is treating people in that concentration camp in Cuba. I have seen no evidence that anyone there is guilty of any wrong doing. It is the members of the US government that are the criminals…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  2. Hi,

    I’m working over at MobLogic, and we have a show up today about Sami al-Haj, an Al Jazeera journalist who’s been in Guantanamo for five years without being charged. Our host, Lindsay Campbell went out on the streets to ask about the prisoner, Al Jazeera’s possible ties to Al Qaeda, and the lack of due process at Guantanamo. (

    Come check it out if you’re interested. We also have al-Haj’s story up on our blog post today. (

    We really think this is a story that hasn’t been told in American media, and we want to hear your opinion on it.

    Thanks so much for your time,
    Amanda Elend

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