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   —News from Guantanamo     July 28th, 2006
Detainee No: 239, dob: 12/12/1968, British resident
Shaker Aamer

Prison leader

Shaker Aamer is a long-term British resident who, when he was abducted in Pakistan and sold to US forces for $5,000, had already applied for British nationality.

For eight years, he has been married to his British wife Zennira and they have four British children aged between three and seven. Even though his family lives in London, the British Government refuses to accept any legal or moral responsibility for him.

Shaker suffered particularly vicious torture in the Dark Prison in Kabul. When he arrived in Guantanamo Bay, he became a respected spokesman for the prisoners and was dubbed ‘The Professor’ by the US Military. In the recent hunger strike in July, he became a leader on the Prisoners’ Council and successfully negotiated a settlement with the military before any of prisoners died. At long last, the Military agreed to respect the Geneva Convention and treat prisoners who have been neither charged nor convicted of any crime in a humane manner.

Unfortunately, the Military reneged on the agreement and when the hunger strike began again on 11th August 2005, Shaker was locked up in solitary confinement.

To date, the British government has declined to intervene on Shaker’s behalf.

The US government has not filed any charges against Shaker.

We hope to bring news of Shaker whenever his lawyer gets to visit him next.
Shaker is represented by Clive Stafford Smith :: Reprieve, PO Box 52742, London, EC4P 4WS.


WE CALL on the United States government to give Shaker a fair hearing.

 
 

   —News from Guantanamo     July 28th, 2006
Detainee No: 1458, dob: 7/24/1978, British resident
Binyam Mohammed

Tortured by proxy

Binyam was born on 24th July, 1978, in Ethiopia and came to Britain on 9th March, 1994, where he sought political asylum and was given leave to remain while his case was resolved. He remained in Britain for 7 years during which time two sets of lawyers were dismissed from his case for failing to pursue his claims in a timely manner.

While he waited, Binyam developed a drug habit, which he only managed to overcome when he rediscovered his religious faith. He became a volunteer cleaner at a heritage centre and then decided to leave Britain to escape London’s drug scene and to learn more about his religion in Afghanistan.

When the war came, Binyam wanted to leave the region as soon as he could, but his travel documents had been stolen and he couldn’t get to the British Embassy, as it was surrounded by Pakistanis keen to abduct ‘foreigners’ for whom the Americans were offering bounty payments.

A British friend agreed to lend him a passport so he could get back to Britain, but he never managed to leave the country. Binyam was arrested at the airport by a Pakistani immigration unit who turned him over to the Americans. When they refused to let him go, he asked what crime he had committed, and insisted on having a lawyer if he was going to be interrogated. The FBI told him, ‘The rules have changed. You don’t get a lawyer.’

Binyam refused to speak to them. British agents confirmed his identity to the Americans and he was warned that he’d be taken to a Middle Eastern country for harsh treatment. He didn’t believe them, but on 21st July 2002 Binyam was transferred to Morocco in a CIA plane. He was held there for 18 months in appalling conditions. When he refused to confess to being an Al-Qaida agent, his Moroccan captors tortured him, stripping him naked and cutting him with scalpel on his chest. Binyam described what happened next:

‘One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress myself, but I was screaming… They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over.’

His ordeal in Morocco continued for about 18 months until January 2004, when he was transferred to the Dark Prison in Kabul, then to Bagram Airforce base, and finally onto Guantanamo Bay in September 2004, where he remains.

The US government has not filed any charges against Binyam.

We hope to bring news of Binyam whenever his lawyer gets to visit him next.
Binyam is represented by Clive Stafford Smith :: Reprieve, PO Box 52742, London, EC4P 4WS.


WE CALL on the United States government to give Binyam a fair hearing.

 

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Written by mikk0

August 6, 2006 at 1:21 am

Posted in Guantanamo

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