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   —News from Guantanamo     August, 7th, 2006
Detainee No: 345, dob: 2/15/1969, Sudan
Sami Muhyideen

Al-Jazeera journalist

Sami Muhyideen is a cameraman for Al-Jazeera who has spent over three years in Guantanamo Bay. He was sent on assignment by the station to cover the war in Afghanistan in October 2001. The following month, after the fall of Kabul, Sami left Afghanistan for Pakistan with the rest of his crew.

Still on assignment for Al-Jazeera, in early December the crew were given visas to return to Afghanistan. When he tried to re-enter Afghanistan with the crew Sami was arrested by the Pakistani authorities – at the request of the US. Sami’s crew never saw him again – he was imprisoned, handed over to the Americans in January 2002, taken to Bagram, then Kandahar, and finally to Guantanamo in June 2002.

For months, the US did not even suggest charges against Sami, instead demanding that he should become a witness against Al-Jazeera and accuse the television station of links to terror. They wanted him to say that Al-Jazeera has a ‘business relationship’ with Al-Qaida, that Al-Qaida has infiltrated Al-Jazeera, and that some of his colleagues at the station were working for Al-Qaida. They offered him release and lifetime protection if he turned informant on his employers.

Sami has refused to do so, insisting consistently that there are no such connections between Al-Jazeera and Al-Qaida.

The US government has not filed any charges against Sami.

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


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

 

Note
“We absolutely will bring legal action against the United States. We will bring the litigation against the Bush administration on Sami’s behalf because there is an important principle here. One day, I very much hope to have President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld on the witness stand explaining precisely why they thought they could treat prisoners in this way. At the very least, we must make sure that this does not happen again.” — Clive Stafford Smith, Sami’s attorney.

 
 

   —News from Guantanamo     August, 7th, 2006
Detainee No: 701, dob: 4/22/1979, British Resident
Jamal ‘Tony’ Kiyemba

Sold to the United States

Jamal Kiyemba is originally from Uganda. His parents separated and his mother moved to London where she raised his siblings. When his father died in an accident in Uganda, Jamal joined his mother, completed school and went to the University of Leicester, where he studied to become a pharmacist.

His family in Uganda was divided between strong Catholicism and a moderate strain of Islam. Jamal himself was brought up Catholic, but converted to Islam in University.

He was travelling in Pakistan when he was seized and turned over to his American captors for a bounty of $5,000 (which was the amount the US Military were offering for foreign Muslim ‘terrorists’). Jamal had never been to Afghanistan until the Americans took him there and there’s no evidence that he ever committed a hostile act against the US or anyone else.

He’s been held in Guantanamo Bay for more than three years.

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

The US government has not filed any charges against Jamal.

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


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

 

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See below for an update on Jamal’s circumstances as reported by The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

I confessed to escape Guantanamo torture
By JASON LEWIS,
February 19th, 2006

The Mail on Sunday — A British student secretly released after more than two years in America’s notorious Guantanamo Bay terror suspect prison told last night how he had been barred from returning to the UK.

And, as Jamal “Tony” Kiyemba spoke of the systematic torture he suffered at the hands of his captors, The Mail on Sunday has learned that Home Secretary Charles Clarke personally intervened to keep him out of Britain on “national security grounds”.

The 25-year-old Londoner has been returned to his country of birth, Uganda, where he is now in custody. Kiyemba was freed without warning last week as international pressure mounted on America to close the detention camp after a highly critical UN report on the treatment of prisoners there.

Last night his lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, who specialises in human rights cases, handed this newspaper a dossier detailing the abuses his client alleges he suffered.

Kiyemba claims the Americans forced him, under torture, to confess to terrorist activities, and that MI5 interrogated him repeatedly, quizzing him about British terror suspects and the jailed clerics Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada.

The Government is refusing to reveal why Kiyemba, a Leicester University pharmacy student who grew up in London and whose mother, four brothers and sister all live in Britain, has been excluded from the country. But his lawyer believes something he was tortured into saying may hold the clue.

Kiyemba was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK when he left Uganda following the death of his father in 1993. He didn’t apply for British citizenship and this meant that at Guantanamo Bay he was not entitled to representation by the Foreign Office nor, on his release, to automatic rights to return to his family.

“I may not be British according to some bit of paper but in reality I am a Brit and always will be,” he told his lawyer. “My doctor, my local mosque, my teens, my education, employment, friends, taxes, home and above all else my family – it is all in Britain.”

Kiyemba was arrested in Pakistan in March 2002. He had gone there, he claims, to study Arabic and the Koran because it was “very cheap”. He says he was held there for two months, beaten by Pakistani intelligence officers, threatened with torture and, finally, blindfolded and gagged, put on an American plane and flown to the US prison at Bagram in Afghanistan.

There, he claims, he was subjected to systematic torture. He told his lawyer that he would be “hung on the door for two hours and then allowed to sit for half an hour but never allowed to sleep. This would go on for 48 hours in a row”.

After this, he claims, he would be taken for interrogation for two hours at a time. “I had to kneel on the cold concrete throughout the interrogations with my cuffed hands above my head,” he said. “The only way out, I was told, was to confess. I heard and saw other torture – banging, screaming, cries, barking dogs and a dead guy who had tried to escape. One of the MPs [military police] said: ‘Who’s next?’ So I confessed to be left alone.”

Kiyemba’s lawyer says his client was then interviewed by MI5 officers. ‘They showed him many pictures of supposed terrorists in the UK and told him that he could only get them to help if he helped them.

“But he did not know any of them – he recognised Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada from television but had never seen them in person.”

In October 2002 Kiyemba was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He recalls how on the journey he was forced to wear “the tightest cuffs to date, with chains, taped goggles, ear muffs, nose masks and taped gloves to prevent finger movement”. He added: “Any movement meant you got hit by the nearest soldier.”

At Guantanamo, Kiyemba says he had three more visits from MI5 who asked him if he wished to make any changes to his previous statements. He says when he said no, “they left in what seemed like an angry mood”.

He added: “The American interrogators did not believe my story. Soon they had me standing up for sleep deprivation. They swore that if I did not admit to having planned jihad in Afghanistan, then what lay ahead for me would be far worse.

“The Americans promised to send me to “our Egyptian friends who are renowned for torturing and they will do the dirty work for us”. In the end I just gave up resisting and told them what they wanted to hear so that they would leave me alone.”

But, he says, the torture did not let up. On one occasion Kiyemba claims he was forced to the ground by guards, bound and soaked with pepper spray.

“They then sprayed it on a towel until it was soaked and rubbed the towel in his eyes,” his lawyer noted. “He did not know what to do about the pain. He asked a medic, who told him to wash his eyes out with cold water – this made it worse.”

A letter from a senior Foreign Office staffer was the first official word Kiyemba’s family got of his release. It said: “You should be aware that the Home Secretary has personally directed that he should be excluded from the UK on grounds of national security.”

Last night Mr Stafford Smith, director of the human rights group Reprieve, called on the Home Secretary to reconsider his client’s plight.

He said: “Jamal Kiyemba has lived his whole life in Britain since he was a boy. His mother and family all live here. Charles Clarke refused to lift a finger to help him when he was being abused in Guantanamo Bay. Now he has barred him from his home and his mother based on allegations he won’t reveal but which were almost certainly based on what Jamal said under torture.”

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August 7, 2006 at 12:46 pm

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News from Guantanamo

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   —News from Guantanamo     August, 7th, 2006
Detainee No: 269, dob: Not documented, British resident
Mohammed ‘Yusuf’ El Gharani

Sent to Guantanamo at fourteen years of age

Mohammed El Gharani was just 14 years old when he was seized by the Pakistanis and sold to the Americans for a bounty.

As a Chad national in Saudi Arabia, his opportunities for education and advancement were extremely limited, so Mohammed left his home shortly before 11th September, 2001, hoping to learn English and train to work with computers.

There is no evidence that Mohammed ever traveled to Afghanistan nor that he intended to do so. Nevertheless, he is now one of twenty juveniles that Reprieve has identified that are being held in Guantanamo Bay.

He states that he has been terribly abused there – including having a cigarette stubbed out on his arm by an interrogator and being constantly abused by guards. Most of his mistreatment stems from his vocal objection to being called a ‘nigger’ by US Military personnel.

The United States has explicitly misled the public about whether children are being held in Guantanamo Bay. On BBC Radio 4’s ‘PM’ programme on January 29, 2004 Jon Manel interviewed Lieutenant Commander Barbara Burfeind at the Department of Defense in Washington:

BURFEIND: We don’t plan on, er, detaining, em, juveniles at Guantanamo further. Er, I can’t say in terms of the future of anywhere else.

JON MANEL: Why not at Guantanamo anymore?

BURFEIND: Em, they just, I’ve just been told that they are not planning on having juveniles at Guantanamo.

This was false when Lt. Cdr. Burfeind made the statement and it remains false today. There are at least nine juveniles in Guantanamo Bay and five other have been released. None is being held in Camp Iguana and some, including Mohammed, are being held in the infamous Camp V – the most onerous of all the Guantanamo camps.

The US government has not filed any charges against Mohammed.

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


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

 
 

   —News from Guantanamo     August, 7th, 2006
Detainee No: 727, dob: 11/28/1969, British resident
Omar Deghayes

A case of mistaken identity

Omar Deghayes is a British refugee from Libya who is being held in Guantanamo Bay on evidence that has been shown to be false. A person appearing on a Chechnyan training videotape seized by the Spanish Government was wrongly identified as Omar. Omar himself has never been to Chechnya and the person portrayed was actually a man called Abu Walid, who died in Chechnya in April 2004.

Based on this misidentification, Omar was placed on the list of the top 50 terrorists in the world and was seized in Pakistan. He was taken to Bagram Airforce Base, tortured, and then transferred to Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held for three years. In one beating by the ERF (Emergency Reaction Force) team, he was permanently blinded in his right eye.

He faces rendition to Libya, where the repressive government of Colonel Gaddafi has already made known its intention to kill him. Omar’s father, Amer Deghayes, was a lawyer and a prominent figure in Libyan public life. When Gaddafi came to power, Amer was assassinated. Three days after the funeral, around twenty family friends and relatives were rounded up and imprisoned by the secret police.

The family eventually managed to flee to Britain, where they already had close ties and a house. Omar was formally given refugee status around 1987. He got a UK driver’s license and a bank account with NatWest. He did his A levels at Davies College and did his legal training at Wolverhampton University. He became a member of the Law Society and took a legal practice course in Huddersfield, although he had not yet completed his qualifications. He still hopes to return to England to continue his legal career.

Curious about life under a strict Islamic regime, Omar decide to visit Afghanistan. While he was there, he met and married an Afghan and had a son, but intended to return to England, where his application for citizenship was still pending.

Then the US bombing began. Fearing for his family, Omar immediately left for Pakistan, hoping to bring his family back home to England. But while he was there, the Pakistani police stormed in, handcuffed him and took him, his wife and child to prison. He was later moved to Guantanamo Bay.

Even though Omar has been a long-term refugee in Britain from the oppressive Gaddafi regime in Libya, the British Government insists he must apply to Libya for ‘consular assistance’. Libyan delegates did indeed visit Omar in Guantanamo. They told him, ‘You have no problems with the US. Your problems are with us.’ The delegate added, ‘You will be brought to judgment in Libya. When we bring you to Libya, I will personally teach you the meaning of this… In here I cannot do anything, but if I meet you [later] I will kill you, if you don’t kill me.”

Reprieve is currently working to secure the help of the UK Government, in order to ensure that Omar is not returned to Libya, but rather to his home in the UK.

The US government has not filed any charges against Omar.

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


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

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August 7, 2006 at 11:56 am

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News from Guantanamo

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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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August 7, 2006 at 4:02 am

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A tunnel without end

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The US version of the Guantánamo suicides is disgraceful.
The cause of death was gross injustice.

June 12th, 2006
By Zachary Katznelson

The Guardian — On Friday night, three prisoners in Guantánamo Bay committed suicide. Two Saudis and one Yemeni hanged themselves. In a desperate attempt at spin, the US claims this was an act of war or a public relations exercise. The truth is quite different. Islam says it goes against God to kill yourself. So what would drive a man to take his own life, despite his religious beliefs? The answer shames the US and its allies, Britain prominently included.

The 460-plus men in Guantánamo Bay have been held for longer than four years. Only 10 have been charged with a crime. Not one has had a trial. The men are not allowed to visit or speak with family or friends. Many have suffered serious abuse. Most are held on the basis of triple and quadruple hearsay, evidence so unreliable that a criminal court would throw it out. Yet the US says it can imprison the men for the rest of their lives. Imagine yourself in this environment, told you will never have the chance to stand up in a court and present your side of the argument. What would you do if no one would listen, if you had been asking for justice for four years and had nothing in return? How hopeless would you become?

Of these three men, little is known. They were in Camp I, a maximum-security area where prisoners are denied even a roll of toilet paper. But we do not know the dead men’s stories. While most of the men in Guantánamo have lawyers who fight for their right to a fair trial, these men did not. Until May, the US refused to even tell us who was in Guantánamo. But before it finally released the names of everyone there, the Bush administration secured passage of a law barring lawsuits by the prisoners held in Guantánamo. That means that at last we know the prisoners’ identities, but can do nothing legally to help them. The men who committed suicide found themselves in just this legal black hole. They had no legal recourse, just the prospect of a life in prison, in isolation, with no family, no friends, nothing. They took their lives.

So what now? President Bush stated this week that he wants to close Guantánamo, that he wants to give the men trials. Well, let’s have them – immediately. The US has had over four years to gather evidence against the men. Surely that is enough time to prove guilt. And now it is time to show the world the evidence. As Harriet Harman, the British constitutional affairs minister, said yesterday, Guantánamo must be opened up to review or shut down. Will Britain do what is necessary to make this a reality? Because this is about even more than the fate of 460 people, it is about whether the US and its allies will lead the world by democratic example, or whether they will continue to give lip service to human rights and open societies, while denigrating those cherished notions with their actions.

If the men in Guantánamo (and the other US prisons around the world, such as the one at the Bagram air force base in Afghanistan, where over 600 men languish in Guantánamo’s hidden twin) did something wrong, by all means punish them. But if they did not, they must be sent home.

Mohammed El Gharani, our client at Reprieve, was only 14 when he was seized in a mosque in Pakistan. He was only 15 when he arrived in Guantánamo Bay. Already twice this year he has tried to kill himself, once by hanging, once by slitting his wrists. Let us pray there is movement by the US to finally do justice, before Mohammed, truly only a child, or anyone else in Guantánamo Bay commits suicide.

Zachary Katznelson is senior counsel at Reprieve, which represents 36 Guantánamo Bay detainees.

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August 7, 2006 at 3:48 am

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The detainees: out of sight, out of mind

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Everyone can see GTMO as an entity, but as far as Americans are aware, inside GTMO may as well be a black hole.

This dehumanises the detainees, the very term “detainee” is a wonderful euphemism for the Bush administration, it really doesn’t sound that bad. “Tortured hostages to Bush’s phony war” might be better although it would be a pain in the ass to have to type that every time.

If I was a detainee I would wonder what the outside world that I used to inhabit might be saying about me. I would try not to let the thought that I might be forgotten enter my mind. I would probably be hoping against hope that a lot of people knew of my plight and knew who I was. I might be devastated to know how little a talking point in America and the rest of the world I had become.

Senators that I watch on c-span (don’t bother with the House) in their hearings are the worst of the worst when it comes to being blind to what is in front of them, and this goes for Repugs and Dems alike. They continually talk about all the terrorist that are held in GTMO, never once acknowledging any of the information that is leaking out of GTMO by way of lawyers who visit detainee clients and then speak out, or by way of the documents that have been released by the Pent. as a result of FOIA law suits.

What is worse and completely mind blowing to me, these Senators are the guys that get to visit GTMO. In the “Hamdan, wtf do we do now” hearing on July 11th, Durbin says he was at GTMO over the weekend and he personally witnessed a detainee that was being interrogated laughing and joking with his interrogator, “But he was giving good information”, he quickly adds. How daft a statement is that? After 4 years and 70,000 interrogations these detainees are still coughing up the goods? That must be one hell of a machiavellian terror plot they were hatching!

Everyone should know by now, GTMO has an interrogation booth set up where the V.I.P. stands behind a glass panel and can watch a “live” interrogation in action, put on to impress the V.I.P. The impresarios down at GTMO that are in charge of light entertainment must think that V.I.P. stands for “Very Impressionable Person” and in the case of the visiting Members of Congress, they would be right.

What chance do the American public have of being cognisant of who the detainees are that are held at GTMO? Whatever chance there may be, the situation is certainly not helped any by elected representatives who refuse to deviate from the official line “that everyone is a terrorist” put out by the Bush administration.

I am not saying …
… that all detainees held at GTMO are innocent of all crimes — though 90 percent probably are from all that I have read.

What I am saying is that the way GTMO is setup and run has the makings of a Human Rights catastrophe, and to correct this the following needs to be done:

  • Due process in the conventionally accepted use of the term, not the twisted US Department of Defense’s version, afforded all the detainees so that they can either be released or appropriately sentenced.
     

  • An improved effort on the part of the DoD to provide more openness and accountability. What right does the DoD have to disappear individuals in full public view, to date the DoD’s openness/accountability effort sucks to put it politely.
     

  • An end to treating detainees as expendable punching bags.

This would require DoD to make a 180 degrees reversal of their present policies, something they are hardly inclined to countenance unless public opinion and international pressure forces the issue.

Constructing mini biographies for the detainees.
This is the only way I can see to rehumanise those who have been dehumanised. The lawyers who concern themselves with detainee matters are severely hampered in what they can say because most everything that is relevant to a detainee biography is automatically classified secret, and only declassified in dribs and drabs. But the lawyers are the ones with the most information, and it would be a good idea for someone to attempt to make a start on such a project.

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August 6, 2006 at 7:10 pm

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News from Guantanamo

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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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August 6, 2006 at 1:21 am

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