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Former Gitmo Detainee Says He Saw Pakistani Scientist Siddiqui at Bagram Prison

A former prisoner at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay said he had seen a female Pakistani scientist at the Afghan prison in Bagram, while being held there himself.

In a 43-minute audio interview, Binyam Mohammed confirmed seeing a female prisoner in Bagram who he later identified as the Pakistani scientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. "In Bagram, I came across a female who wore a shirt with the number 650...The Americans did not want us to have any contact with her.

Nobody talked to her in the facility," said Mohammed, adding that he was told she was from Pakistan but had studied or lived in America. Mohammed said after being released from Guantanamo he saw a picture of the Pakistani scientist and thinks it's the same woman he had seen in Bagram.

The U.S. denies Dr. Aafia was ever held in Bagram, and says she was arrested by Afghan forces in July 2008 while attempting to bomb the compound of the governor of Ghazni. She is presently being held in Texas.

Binyam Ahmed Mohamed is an Ethiopian national who was held at the Guantanamo prison between 2004 and 2009. He had been captured and transported under the U.S. extraordinary rendition program. After charges against him were dropped, he was released and arrived in the United Kingdom last February.

Another prisoner Mohammed said he met in Guantanamo is Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was 15 when arrested in 2002. He said that he's only met him in 2007 when both were put in the same bloc, and had regular conversations whenever they were given a chance.

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