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Doctors protest against surgeon held for six years at Guantanamo

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1071 (Published 30 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1071
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    More than 100 doctors have signed a petition to protest against the continued detention of an orthopaedic surgeon at Guantanamo Bay.

    Ayman Saeed Batarfi, a 37 year old from Yemen, has been held for six years at the US prison base. His only crime, say the protestors, “was to treat civilian casualties in a war zone.”

    The petition states that after his postgraduate studies in Pakistan and inspired by the Afghan trauma patients he had helped Dr Batarfi decided to work for a non-governmental organisation to renovate a hospital in Kabul in spring 2001.

    “With the chaos …

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