James Connell, a lawyer for Ammar al-Baluchi (also known as Abd al-Aziz Ali), had received the copy of the E L James novel from his client during a hearing at the military facility (as reported by the BBC). Al-Baluchi reportedly handed over the soft-core, sadomasochistic book, saying “You’ll never guess what I have.”
Supposedly a gift from guards at Camp 7 in Guantanamo, Connell alleges that this was a practical joke by the guards. That joke would be in response to a claim from an American politician, Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, who reported that “Fifty Shades of Grey” was particularly popular among the terrorism-accused inmates of the facility.
Moran’s claim has been disputed by some who point out that the novel and its sequels are not listed as available in the prison’s library.
Al-Baluchi has been charged with war crimes in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is considered a senior member of al-Qaeda. According to his lawyer, the man prefers reading “The Economist” and “Wired” — he didn’t have any interest in “Fifty Shades.”