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Nizar Sassi – Witness to Guantanamo

Nizar Sassi


Nizar Sassi was born in Vénissieux, a suburb of Lyon, France on January 9, 1979. He is of Tunisian descent. He traveled with his childhood friend Mourad Benchellali to Afghanistan. Benchellali was also interviewed by WtG. Sassi was captured after 9/11 and purchased by the American military. He arrived in Guantanamo on February 15, 2002 and was transferred to France on July 26, 2004.

After arriving in France, Sassi, along with four other returned French nationals, was convicted of “criminal association with a terrorist enterprise.” He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but because he had already served over one year in prison waiting for trial he did not serve any additional time.

In 2006, Sassi published a book called Prisoner 325, Camp Delta about his time in Guantanamo. In 2012, Sassi and two other former French detainees, including Benchellali, filed a criminal complaint in Paris against the U.S. for use of torture at Guantanamo Bay. The case is ongoing and being lead by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

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