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   —News from Guantanamo     August 7th, 2006
Detainee No: 906, dob: 12/23/1969, British resident
Bisher Al Rawi

Grabbed in the Gambia

Bisher Al Rawi is a British refugee from Iraq. His entire family has lived in Britain for years, after fleeing Saddam Hussein’s regime. The only reason Bisher did not take out British nationality was that, one day, he hoped to return to Iraq and reclaim his family’s properties. His passion as a young man was for motorbikes.

Contrary to US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s claim that all the Guantanamo Bay prisoners were seized on the battlefield of Afghanistan, Bisher was grabbed in the Gambia, some 500 miles further from Kabul than London. He’d gone there with Jamil El Banna to help his brother, Wahab, set up a mobile peanut processing plant. The family had invested £250,000 in the project, but the money was stolen by the Gambian authorities, who seized Bisher and turned him over to the Americans. They took him first to Afghanistan and then to Guantanamo Bay.

The US insists that Bisher took a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ device with him to Gambia. It turns out this was nothing more than a battery charger, as respected civil rights lawyer Gareth Peirce (who represents Bisher in the UK) has proved by going to Argos and buying one. In fact, there’s no evidence that Bisher has committed a crime of any kind.

The British Government intervened to secure Bisher’s brother Wahab’s release, but has declined to intervene on Bisher’s behalf, because he’s not a British national.

The US government has not filed any charges against Bisher.

We hope to bring news of Bisher whenever his lawyer gets to visit him next.

Bisher is represented by Clive Stafford Smith :: Reprieve, PO Box 52742, London, EC4P 4WS.


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

 
 

   —News from Guantanamo     August 7th, 2006
Detainee No: 905, dob: 5/28/1952, British resident
Jamil El Banna

Grabbed in the Gambia

Jamil El Banna is a British refugee from Jordan. His wife and children live in London.

Along with his friend Bisher al Rawi, Jamil was seized in the Gambia where they’d gone to help set up the al Rawi mobile peanut processing plant. He was seized by the Gambia authorities, turned over to the Americans, who took him first to Afghanistan and then to Guantanamo Bay.

The British Government has declined to intervene on Jamil’s behalf on the grounds that he is not a British national.

The US government has not filed any charges against Jamil.

We hope to bring news of Jamil whenever his lawyer gets to visit him next.

Jamil is represented by Clive Stafford Smith :: Reprieve, PO Box 52742, London, EC4P 4WS.


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

 

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Written by mikk0

August 7, 2006 at 4:02 am

Posted in Guantanamo

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