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Detainee 053

Murat Kurnaz, after his release.
Murat Kurnaz, after his release.
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Murat Kurnaz's story, told in Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo, is pretty remarkable. In 2001, just after Sept. 11, he was arrested in Pakistan. (Kurnaz claims he was traveling to the country on a religious pilgrimage.) After his arrest, Kurnaz was taken to a military base in Afghanistan, where he claims he was tortured, then to Cuba, where he was held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Kunraz stayed there until 2006, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked President Bush to release Kurnaz, who was born in Germany.

In the second hour of the program today, we'll talk to Kurnaz, about his time in Afghanistan and Guantanamo, during which he struggled to figure out why he was imprisoned, what rights he had, and when he might be released. If you have questions for him, leave them here.

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David Gura
Based in New York, David Gura is a correspondent on NPR's business desk. His stories are broadcast on NPR's newsmagazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and he regularly guest hosts 1A, a co-production of NPR and WAMU.