Saturday, February 18, 2017


I read with sorrow the life of Hedi Hammami- a Tunisian that was held in Guantanamo for 8 years before being released to the country of Georgia in 2010. Mr. Hammami and my client Al-Ghizzawi were released to Georgia at the same time- there was also a third man released to Georgia at the same time. I met the other two men when I went to visit my own client in the days following their release. All of them were hopeful they could get their lives back together and the country of Georgia was a very gracious host but none of the men felt comfortable in that country. I think my client lasted the longest- 4 years. Hedi left for Tunisia first- about a year and a half after his release to Georgia and the third man left for his home country shortly after Hedi.

The New York Times has a follow up on the struggles of Mr. Hammami in Tunisia.
Read the story here.


John said...

It is people like Mr. Hammami that we should be welcoming into our country as refugees and providing every kind of support we can in order to repay them for the despicable treatment they endured at Guantanamo. Too bad my country no longer has a moral compass. I am so ashamed.

H. Candace Gorman said...

I completely agree. Unfortunately the american people have been suckered in to believe that most of the men at Gitmo are the "worst of the worst." There has always been just a handful of alleged terrorists- the rest picked up for bounties with no ties to anything even remotely terrorist linked.