Algerian Prisoner Held at Guantánamo for 12 Years seeks Reparations from US

Algerian Djamel Ameziane, is seeking compensation from the U.S. government for the nearly 12 years he was held without charge as prisoner at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeking reparations for the human rights violations which he allegedly endured while in custody. He also appealed for  compensations for physical and psychological abuse that he says he suffered while in U.S. custody and for his failure to get a job since being sent home in December 2013 because of the stigma of being held at Guantanamo.

According to his Attorney Wells Dixon he should receive “lifetime financial support and medical care” for what he has been through. He further argued that Ameziane should be given back several thousand dollars which were allegedly taken from him when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2001. He argued that case in a U.S. federal court, and lost last year.

The U.S. government says that the prisoners were legally detained as per the U.S. and International Law and are therefore not entitled to any compensation.