How to coerce a confession: " ... Mr Suleiman had told him that he wanted him to die a slow death. ... They had taken Mr Habib to another room and then Mr Suleiman had said: 'Now you are going to tell me that you planned a terrorist attack. I give you my word you will be a rich man if you tell me you have been planning attacks.' ... 'Immediately he slapped me hard across the face and knocked off the blindfold; I clearly saw his face,' Mr Habib writes. ... "
Egyptian Vice-President tortured me, says Habib
FORMER Guantanamo detainee Mamdouh Habib says he was tortured by Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman, who is seen as a possible successor to embattled President Hosni Mubarak.
Mr Habib last night told The Weekend Australian it would be a disgrace if Mr Suleiman became leader of Egypt given his personal role in overseeing the torture of terror suspects in the 1990s.
Mr Suleiman was head of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate in the mid-1990s at a time when the US was sending terrorism suspects to third countries for questioning.
Mr Habib, then a terror suspect, says he was sent to Egypt and Mr Suleiman helped torture him. In his book, My Story, Mr Habib wrote that Mr Suleiman had often been present during his interrogations.
Mr Habib writes that Mr Suleiman had told him that he wanted him to die a slow death:
When Mr Habib said he had nothing to tell him, he says Mr Suleiman had said: "You think I can't destroy you just like that?"
They had taken Mr Habib to another room and then Mr Suleiman had said:
Mr Habib had replied that he did not trust anyone.
Mr Habib alleges Mr Suleiman said:
Mr Habib received an an undisclosed payout last year from the federal government in return for dropping legal action over the commonwealth's alleged complicity in his 2001 CIA "rendition" to Egypt.