A terror suspect being detained at Guantanamo Bay attempted suicide
for the tenth time, the Justice Department said.
Juma'a Mohammed al-Dossary, 32 and a Bahrain national, pulled out stitches in
his arm for the second time and was hospitalized last Monday, according to a
letter read by his attorney Saturday. The letter said al-Dossary also cut his
bicep, but did not specify how he did so.
"The Guantanamo staff immediately intervened," Justice Department
lawyer Edward H. White wrote. "He has been treated and is currently in
Al-Dossary's attorney, Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, has requested a court order
easing conditions for al-Dossary, who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since
February 2002. Al-Dossary has not yet been charged.
Colangelo-Bryan released declassified notes from the last meeting with his
client before the suicide attempt. Colangelo-Bryan said al-Dossary told him
that "he wanted to kill himself so that he could send a message to the
world that conditions at Guantanamo are intolerable.”
Al-Dossary has attempted suicide at least nine times before. Doctors at the
base say he in mentally ill and will not take medications or work with therapists
on his condition.
Officials at Guantanamo, where the U.S. holds some 500 men described as terror
suspects, did not immediately respond Saturday to an e-mail request from the
Associated Press for an update on the al-Dossary's condition. No one answered
the phones at the base's press office.