Concern over health of Guantanamo prisoner in 9/11 case

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Guantanamo prisoner Mustafa Ahmad al Hawsawi poses for a photo at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantanamo prisoner Mustafa Ahmad al Hawsawi poses for a photo at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo: International Committee of the Red Cross via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Amnesty International has taken up the cause of a Guantanamo prisoner who is said to be in declining health as he awaits trial for his alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

The rights group is asking the Defense Department to investigate claims by lawyers for Mustafa al-Hawsawi that he is receiving inadequate medical treatment at the U.S. base in Cuba.

The letter released by the Saudi prisoner's lawyers Tuesday also calls for a full review of all medical care at Guantanamo.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross says all detainees receive the same treatment as soldiers but said the government cannot discuss the medical condition of any individual.

Al-Hawsawi and four co-defendants are due in court next week for a pretrial hearing in their long-stalled case.

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