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A former Guantánamo prisoner is suing Canada

A Mauritanian man, wrongfully suspected of terrorism and imprisoned at Guantánamo for 14 years, whose story was told in the successful film “Convicted”, has launched proceedings against Canada responsible for his arrest.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, now 51, believes that the “misinformation” provided by Canada regarding his period of residence in Montreal is the source of his arrest, according to a complaint filed on Friday and consulted by AFP.

He is demanding $ 35 million in damages for the damage suffered.

The man claims that it was false information provided by the Canadian authorities that led to his arrest in a US military prison, where he said he suffered “indescribable torture and ill-treatment” – beatings, lack of sleep, sexual assault, and death threats. .

Then the Canadian authorities would “silently tolerate” the torture he underwent and even “use” the information from the confessions obtained through the torture.

“Slahi’s detention and ill-treatment have been prolonged because the acceptance and use of forced confessions by the Canadian authorities have confirmed continued torture and detention,” lawyers Mohamedou Ould Slahi said in a statement.

He wrote his story in a book that became a bestseller before it was adapted for cinema. The film, starring Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster, accurately depicts extreme conditions at the US base.

Muhammad Ould Slahi was detained at Guantánamo without trial from 2002 to 2016. Arrested in Mauritania in 2001, he was gradually imprisoned in Jordan and Afghanistan before arriving at Guantánamo, which he called the “World Route of Torture and Humiliation”. “.

He was accused by the US authorities of being a member of al-Qaeda because he took part in the “Hamburg cell” (Germany), which was linked to the attacks of 11