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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Camp suicides 'hard to believe'
By Sally Nancarrow
BBC News

Omar Deghayes
Omar Deghayes was arrested in Pakistan in 2002
The sister of a UK inmate of Guantanamo Bay has said she is "suspicious" about the suicides of three detainees at the US base in Cuba.

Amani Deghayes and her family have campaigned for the release of her brother Omar, 37, from Brighton, since his detention in 2002.

Ms Deghayes, from Kilburn, north London, said she did not know what to think about the suicides.

"I find it quite hard to believe they managed to kill themselves," she said.

Her suspicions have been raised, she explained, because inmates are allowed to have so few items in their cells.

'Act of warfare'

"It is really shocking. There is a lot of abuse in the camp. My brother lost an eye because of it," she said.

The camp commander Rear Admiral Harry Harris has said the two Saudis and a Yemeni killed themselves in "an act of asymmetric warfare" waged against the US.

The mens' bodies were found by camp guards on Saturday morning.

Mr Harris said they hanged themselves with clothing and bed sheets.

Amani Deghayes
Amani Deghayes has campaigned for Foreign Office intervention

"If they did kill themselves, then it is understandable," said Ms Deghayes.

"It (Guantanamo) is such a closed institution and they are in such a horrible situation."

Mr Deghayes was arrested in Pakistan and accused of committing terrorist acts against the US, but his lawyers claim it was a case of mistaken identity.

Libyan-born Mr Deghayes, fled his homeland with the family in 1986 and was given asylum.

Last month the High Court in London ruled the Foreign Office had no obligation to put pressure on the US to release him, and two other British residents, because they did not have UK citizenship.

Ms Deghayes said as far as she knows her brother is in a different area of the camp to the highest security section where the inmates died.

"But the news I have of him is at least a year old - I have absolutely no idea where he is now," she said.

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