Tuesday, June 08, 2010

'They had Australian accents'

Ahmed Luqman Talib (centre) recovers from gunshot wounds in an Istanbul hospital. Picture: Kate Geraghty

Paul McGeough's latest report for Fairfax newspapers from Istanbul

7 June, 2010 The challenge for 20-year-old Ahmed Luqman Talib was to follow the trail of blood.

Blacking out several times as his captors forced him to drag himself up a flight of stairs, pushing and kicking him along the way, the Gold Coast student finally fell through a door leading to the top deck of the Mavi Marmara, the protest ship on which Israeli commandos killed nine foreign activists during a dawn attack last Monday.

The trail of blood led to a ladder, up which he was made to haul himself, to a position from which helicopters were evacuating the injured. But he was given no assistance despite two gunshot wounds in his right leg. Continued

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