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New Evidence Supports Claims Of 'Pharmacologic Torture' At Guantánamo

•, Michael Kelley

Hicks, an Australian citizen, was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001 by the Afghan Northern Alliance and sold to the U.S. military for a $1,000 bounty before becoming Detainee 002.

In April 2007 he was charged with "providing material support for terrorism" and transported from Gitmo to Australia to serve the remaining seven months of a suspended seven-year sentence.

The Australian government filed a lawsuit against Hicks to seize revenue from his autobiography, but dropped the case in July after the 37-year-old challenged evidence such as the certificate of his conviction from the Guantánamo military court.

Some documents provided by U.S. authorities at Guantánamo are to be kept secret, but defense affidavits confirmed that detainees were forced to take high dosages of the controversial anti-malaria drug mefloquine despite showing no signs of the disease, according to SMH.
Army doctor Remington Nevin told SMH that administering the drug in high doses to people who don't have malaria would be akin to "pharmacologic waterboarding," adding that high doses of the drug can cause brain injuries.

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