Who Is Mohamedou Ould Slahi?
Mohamedou Ould Slahi was a permanent resident of Canada residing in Montreal who was held without trial and tortured at Guantanamo Bay.
He was accused of planning the 9/11 attacks and was held at the detention center for 14 years without prosecution until being released in 2016.
His story is narrated in the drama, The Mauritanian, played by Tahar Rahim.
Slahi was seized in Mauritania three months after the 9/11 attacks and jailed in Jordan and Afghanistan. He was then transported to Guantánamo in August 2002, where he endured 70 days of rigorous torture and three years of 18-hour-a-day questioning.
Slahi authored a book while still in jail in 2005, which was released in 2015 as ‘Guantánamo Diary”. The memoir went on to become an international bestseller and inspired the 2021 film.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi And Guantanamo Bay Canadian Scandal
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Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a victim of Guantanamo Bay false imprisonment is suing the Canadian government for $35 million. He filed a lawsuit against Canada for its alleged part in the events leading up to his detention, during which he was tortured.
On Friday, a statement of claim was filed in the Federal Court of Canada on behalf of Mohamedou Ould Slahi. The statement claimed that “Canadian officials “caused, contributed to, and prolonged incarceration, torture, assault, and sexual assault at Guantanamo Bay.”
He was a Mauritanian citizen who was examined by security services in Montreal from November 1999 until January 2000. Slahi claims that Canadian officials harassed him during their inquiry, compelling him to return to Mauritania.
The essence of Slahi’s argument is that Canadian officials provided false information about his actions and otherwise contributed to the circumstances that led to his detention.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi Canadian Detainee In Guantanamo Bay Net Worth
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Mohamedou Ould Slahi and his torture in Guantanamo Bay are explained in the drama “The Mauritanian”. According to Wikipedia, STXfilms released The Mauritanian in the United States on February 12, 2021.
The film garnered two nominations at the 78th Golden Globe Awards, namely Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.
Similarly, the movie garnered five nominations at the 74th British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, and Best Actor (for Rahim).
Slahi may have earned a large part of the revenue from the hit movie. His net worth as of 2022 is estimated to be $50, 000 which came from his books and other business he is involved with.
Slahi was the son of a camel herder from Mauritania and was living in Germany since 1988 as he won a scholarship to study engineering there.
His life was flipped upside down for the first time in 1991 as a result of events in faraway Afghanistan, where the latter years of the Cold War were being played out.