Fresh Guantanamo Bay torture claims emerge

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    Fresh Guantanamo Bay torture claims emerge

    There are growing concerns the two Australians being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been abused.

    Fresh allegations were raised on Thursday evening by a former detainee at the military prison.

    Tarek Degoul is a British citizen who was released from the military prison earlier this year.

    He has told Channel Seven that Sydney man Mamdouh Habib was punched and kicked by United States guards.

    "I could see him being dragged by chains that were attached to his feet and him screaming in agony," he said.

    Mr Habib's lawyer Stephen Hopper says the British man saw the abuse first hand.

    "He could see what was going on through a gap in the cell door," Mr Hopper said.

    There are also allegations from a former Pakistani detainee that Adelaide man David Hicks was tied up and beaten by his US captors.

    But Prime Minister John Howard has questioned the reliability of that claim.

    In other developments:
    Prime Minister John Howard will seek further assurances from the United States about the treatment of Australian detainee David Hicks. (Full Story)
    A former detainee at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba says American guards tortured Australian man, Mamdouh Habib. (Full Story)
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