The manner of death has been ruled a suicide, the cause of death has not yet been disclosed. The list of unanswered questions grows.
Truthout has obtained the results of the autopsy on Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, but the long-awaited report on the mysterious September death of the Guantanamo Bay detainee raises more questions than answers.
Yemeni government officials, who have been briefed on the autopsy report, as well as a US military investigator close to the case, told Truthout this weekend that a military medical examiner has concluded the manner of death of the 36-year-old prisoner was suicide.
However, the cause of death has not yet been disclosed and the autopsy’s reported conclusions conflict with previous statements by US and Yemeni government officials that there was no sign of “self-harm” on his body when he was found “motionless and unresponsive” in his cell in a disciplinary wing of Camp 5 on the afternoon of September 8. The manner in which Latif is reported to have taken his own life has not been disclosed either.
These sources, who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak with the media, would not disclose additional details from the autopsy report until the Yemen government accepts Latif’s remains and returns his body to his family.
“We will issue a statement as soon as [Yemen] accepts his remains,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Joint Task Force-Guantanamo’s (JTF-GTMO) higher command. Flanders would not comment on the autopsy report’s conclusions. Truthout has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the report.