Binyam Mohamed Feature

Proposed feature article for the UK and Sheffield site.

Binyam Mohamed \x97 the last UK resident in Guant\xE1namo Bay threatened with death penalty

Binyam Mohamed

The 11th June Sheffield Guant\xE1namo protest highlighted the case of Binyam Mohamed who, after years of torture is facing the threat of the death penalty. On 31 May over 100 people attended a public meeting concerning his plight and Reprive have organised a protest in Trafalgar Square to take place on Sunday 15th June to highlight the suffering of Binyam Mohamed. The London Guant\xE1namo Campaign are asking for urgent action to be taken for Binyam Mohamed.

Articles: Urgent appeal for British resident Binyam Mohamed, \x93close to suicide\x94 in Guant\xE1namo | Guant\xE1namo: Torture victim Binyam Mohamed sues British government for evidence | Binyam Mohamed\x92s letter from Guant\xE1namo to Gordon Brown | Meeting Report: Binyam Mohamed: The Last Londoner in Guant\xE1namo Bay | Take URGENT ACTION for Binyam Mohamed! | New report details torture of Guant\xE1namo prisoner Binyam Mohamed

Links: | The National Guantanamo Coalition | Reprieve | Andy Worthington

Binyam Mohamed a refugee from Ethiopia, who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, was seized in Pakistan and rendered to Morocco where he was held for 18 months and subjected to horrendous torture, which, included, but was not limited to having his penis cut with a razor on a regular basis. After Morocco, Binyam was transferred to Afghanistan, where he endured further torture at the CIA run \x93Dark Prison\x94, from there he was moved to Bagram airbase and then finally put on a plane to Guant\xE1namo in September 2004, two and a half years after his ordeal began.

Last December it was reported that Binyam Mohamed was close to suicide and in May he wrote to Gordon Brown and pointed out that "my Moroccan torturers were using information supplied by British intelligence" and he also sued the British government for refusing to provide evidence that may assist in his defence at Guant\xE1namo. This month Reprieve, issued a detailed and devastating report, Human Cargo: Binyam Mohamed and the Rendition Frequent Flier Programme (PDF), which presents compelling evidence of his rendition and torture. Last week the Pentagon officially filed charges against Binyam Mohamed, who will face a trial by Military Commission for \x93conspiracy\x94 and \x93providing material support for terrorism\x94, and a UK court approved his request for judicial review, requiring the British government to reveal whatever evidence it holds regarding the British security services\x92 knowledge of his rendition from Pakistan to Morocco for torture, and details of whatever information was also provided to his Moroccan torturers about his life in Britain.
Topic revision: r2 - 14 Jun 2008, ChrisC
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