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Group: U.S. ships held detainees

June 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A British human rights organization says the U.S. used military ships to secretly detain and interrogate terrorism suspects. U.S. officials denied using ships as prisons.

The group Reprieve alleged that high-profile detainees, including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh and Australian Taliban supporter David Hicks, were imprisoned on the vessels.

Reprieve says the U.S. has used ships stationed off the Somali coast and the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to detain suspects. The U.S. Navy said ships have been used to hold a small number of prisoners for short periods, but denied that vessels were used as long-term floating prisons.

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