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Former Guantanamo detainee who promoted the film ‘The Mauritanian’ has been prosecuted in Canada

Former Guantanamo detainee Mohamed Old Slahi holds a press conference on October 22, 2016 in Nouakchott. afp_tickers

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Mohamedou Ould Slahi, unjustly identified as a suspected terrorist and jailed for 14 years in Guantanamo, began a process against detained Canada.

The 51-year-old who made the film “The Mauritanian” believes that the reason for his arrest was “false information provided by Canada about his period of permanent residency in Montreal,” according to a complaint filed Friday. Advised by AFP.

Slahi is seeking $ 35 million (approximately $ 27.5 million) in damages.

The man claims that misinformation provided by Canadian authorities led to his imprisonment in a U.S. military base where he suffered “unspeakable torture and ill-treatment, including beatings, insomnia, sexual assault and death threats.”

In his defense, Canadian authorities “tacitly tolerated” the torture he suffered and “used” information obtained from confessions under torture.

Slahi wrote his story into a book, which became a bestseller and later turned into a film starring Tahar Rahim and Jodi Foster.

He was arrested in Mauritania in 2001 and imprisoned in Jordan and Afghanistan. In 2002 he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay, from where he was released in 2016.

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