WASHINGTON (AFP) – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, should not have to face the death penalty, his lawyer said Tuesday, following revelations of torture in a scathing US Senate report.
“It’s not legal, humane, or fair to execute a person after torturing him,” David Nevin told AFP.
Mohammed is known to have been waterboarded 183 times in secret CIA prisons and in March 2003 he was subjected to five waterboard sessions over 25 hours.
“Holding a real execution of Mr Mohammad, after 183 mock executions, is cruel and unusual punishment,” prohibited under the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution, Nevin said.
“The brutality revealed in the details of the torture is quite shocking,” he said, and “produced absolutely no useful information.”
Tuesday’s report revealed that sleep deprivation for over a week, beatings, shackling and waterboarding were among the cruel methods used by the George W.