He was seized by Pakistani intelligence officers while travelling near the Afghan border in December 2001. Despite holding a legitimate visa to work for Al Jazeera's Arabic channel in Afghanistan, he was handed to the US military in January 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Al-Hajj, who is originally from Sudan, was held as an "enemy combatant" without ever facing trial or charges. http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/04F88FBD-BFA5-42D9-A9C4-D8E0979C79D6.htm Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj has hit out at the US treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison where he was held for nearly six and a half years. Saying that "rats are treated with more humanity", al-Hajj said inmates' "human dignity was violated". Al-Hajj arrived in Sudan early on Friday, was carried off the US air force jet in a stretcher and immediately taken to hospital. His brother, Asim al-Hajj, said he did not recognise the cameraman because he looked like a man in his 80s. Still, al-Hajj said: "I was lucky because God allowed that I be released." But his attention soon turned to the 275 inmates he left behind in the US military prison.