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David Hicks, the first detainee charged under new military tribunal rules at Guantánamo Bay, says he was beaten and abused by his American captors. Hicks, an Australian, has filed for British citizenship because he believes the British government does more to help its detainees. In a document submitted as part of his citizenship request, Hicks charged that after he was captured fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, Americans stripped him naked and inserted a plastic object into his rectum. He was not tortured at Gitmo, he said, but he was given mysterious injections. Military spokesman Cmdr J.D. Gordon said Hicks’ allegations were “completely lacking in merit.”

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