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Terrorist testifies about secret perks

Miami Herald

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A tortured al-Qaida terrorist turned prosecution witness is being rewarded with a comfortable cabin-style lockup where he can garden, paint, exercise, learn English, cook meals and watch American TV.

In sworn testimony Saturday, Ahmed al Darbi, 42, de-

scribed changing from a lying,

feces-flinging prisoner with a bad behavior record in the maximum-security Camp Five

prison to a cooperating witness now cloistered in Camp Echo, an annex of the prison compound across the street.

Darbi has his own kitchen with a freezer stocked with meat and spices, and other never-before-disclosed perks to pass his time preparing to testify as a witness for the war court prosecutor in two cases, one that seeks the death penalty.

The prison provides him with lamb, rabbit, chicken, shrimp and other halal meat, he said as defense attorney Air Force Maj. Yolanda Miller read from what sounded like a shopping list.

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