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Former Guantanamo prisoner Murat Kurnaz
Former Guantanamo prisoner Murat Kurnaz
Oliver Das Gupta

BREMEN — Murat Kurnaz, a German native of Turkish origin, likes to joke around. And considering his story, the humor can sometimes turn rather dark. Today, he speaks about the journey from the Guantanamo detention facility in Cuba to the Ramstein U.S. air base in Germany at the end of his five-year imprisonment in August 2006. He counted 15 armed guards on that flight, sharing the details of how they tied him up in shackles and handcuffs. "As if I was radioactive and highly explosive," he says with a laugh.

But Kurnaz's laughter still works as a barricade 10 years since he was freed. After his return, Kurnaz spoke widely about his time in Guantanamo, and wrote a book: Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo.

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