Innocent Muhammad Jawad Released From Guantanamo Bay after 6 Years

Mohammed Jawad, one of the youngest detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is photographed at a family home in Kabul on August 25, 2009, the morning after he returned to Afghanistan.

Here we have another proof of the great judicial system of the United States of America – the case of young Afghan, Muhammad Jawad.

Jawad was accused of throwing a grenade on a US army tank in 2002 that wounded two U. S. soldiers. Jawad was twelve years old when arrested and taken to the notorious US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To cover up their barefaced injustice, the Pentagon has argued that Jawad’s bone scans indicated that he was an adult at 18 years when he was arrested.

For six long years, Jawad was tortured day and night along with the other inmates.

“There was a lot of oppression when I was in Guantanamo and these inhumane actions were not for just one day, one week or one month,” Jawad told Reuters.

“I was oppressed the whole time until I was released. They tortured prisoners very badly and did not allow prisoners to sleep, did not give enough food,” he said.

Jawad’s lawyers say that he was treated very severely and forcefully kept awake and regularly shifted from cell to cell. Reuters reported that his age was never even given a thought.

“They knew I was underage but they did not care about my age,” Jawad said.

“They insulted our religion and our Holy Quran, they insulted us and behaved in an inhumane way,” he said.

A weary-looking Jawad stood and stretched his hands behind his back to show how he had been bound sometimes by his captors.

He said he and other prisoners were told to eat with their hands bound behind their backs, bending over and putting their mouths into plates of food.

In July, a US judge ordered that Jawad be set free as his confession was got hold of under the circumstances of great affliction.

“I remember the US government lawyer provided evidence against me but could not prove anything and in the end, the judge said: ‘no charge against Mohammad Jawad can be proved and he is innocent’,” Jawad said.

Some might be in awe of the US government for delivering justice to the innocent boy but at the cost of six years. Such six years of torture that will forever leave a mark on him.

All-hail the US government that stabs and then comes arrogantly with a well-worn first-aid kit.

24 thoughts on “Innocent Muhammad Jawad Released From Guantanamo Bay after 6 Years”

  1. Honourable is the person who accepts any wrong on their part :).

    Ok, now why did the U.S. government want Bin Laden and members of Al-Qaeda to be surrendered to them? Not because they thought they were behind the attacks, was it? Because that crime is not listed on Bin Laden list of activities…

    If Afghanistan refused to hand them over that still doesn’t justify the war.

    The war has resulted in more loss for the U.S. than Afghanistan. The U.S. government came after the oil pipeline but has incurred more loss than gain.

    Afghanistan’s economy was quite low already the reason is war is not new to Afghanistan. You see, Afghanis are used to living in a state of war.

    Greed causes a lot of destruction for the greedy one.

  2. MO
    Afghanistan did not attack USA on 9/11. The US action was in retaliation for Taliban sheltering Osama and Al-Qaida and their refusal to hand him over. The Iraq action was completely unjustified though. I have also posted somewhere else earlier that for the Iraq war and putting people in gitmo (thus by passing the USA’s own judicial system), Bush and Cheney should be dragged to the war crimes tribunal and ICJ. I mention the above to assure you that I am viewing these events from a neutral and a humane perspective.

    I get your point. The treatment given to her must be investigated and if there is any wrong doing then people must be punished. The trial must proceed openly and fairly.

    My apology for a tinge of annoyance in my earlier post. I think I was doing the mistake of reading your comments with a little bit of bias.

  3. Sorry for the delay in replying…i missed seeing a comment posted here with the influx of other comments.

    Hmmm….okay i will end your surprise and say i understand your point. But you also have to understand what is going on. Her status is still of a suspect and not a culprit. This is from all the sides and not just a view of those who condemn how the U.S. is handling her case.

    You do observe other matters of politics, as i have noted in your comments, how com what is happening here isn’t arresting your interest?

    All these cases are connected. Cases of dire injustice. This is not just on individual basis. The U.S. government has done the same thing with Afghanistan and Iraq. So far it has NOT been proven that Afghanistan was behind the attacks on the 11th of Sept. But they attack the country. There were no WMD in Iraq but they were attacked. The U.S. government seems like the crazy, abusive fathers found in U.S. that eventually kill their children.

    So, since when did the U.S. government become our ‘care’-taker??

  4. MO
    I am a bit surprised that you are not getting the point. No one is out to prove guilt or innocence of anyone. I am just trying to show you that collecting internet chatter, media reports and hearsay allegations does not prove anything one way or the other. My example shows there is enough such rubbish floating around. It is wrong to be so emphatic about it because you are constant in your repetition of only one side of it as if you were there with her and have seen also evidence. I advise more circumspection and balanced analysis.


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