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Desmond Tutu Turns Actor to Condemn US Treatment of Terror Suspects - 2004-10-03

South African Nobel Prize-winner Desmond Tutu is appearing in a play in New York City condemning the U.S. treatment of suspected terrorists held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

The retired South African prelate, a human rights activist, made the first of his two appearances on Saturday night playing a British judge who questions the legality of the detentions in Guantanamo.

The play, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, depicts the treatment of British detainees held without trial at the U.S. naval base in Cuba as suspected terrorists.

Mr. Tutu spoke to reporters before his performance, and the Associated Press reported that he compared the U.S. treatment of the Guantanamo prisoners to that of blacks under South Africa's system of apartheid.