On October 15, 2017, 25 guards rushed into Saifullah Paracha‘s cell, one holding a video camera, and forced him on to his stomach before strapping him to a stretcher. He was handcuffed, hoisted out of the lock-up and taken to a cell in solitary confinement.
At 70, Paracha is Guantanamo Bay’s oldest prisoner. A former businessman from Pakistan, he is accused by the U.S. authorities of helping Al-Qaeda and has been detained at the U.S.-run camp in southeast Cuba for 13 years.
After his “force cell extraction” by guards, Paracha said he languished alone in a cell for three days. It was the first time he had received this kind of treatment in over a decade.