Lawyers for British Gitmo detainees call for UK government action

Lawyers for two British Guantanamo Bay detainees, Moazzam Begg and Feroz Abbasi, have renewed their call for the British government to secure the men's return. An American lawyer met with the detainees for the first time last week, but conditions put in place by the US government have restricted her from sharing details of the visit with the detainees' British lawyers and families. British lawyer Gareth Peirce has said that:

What we already know demands their immediate extraction from a process that has been deliberately constructed to apply maximum intense physical and mental pressure, in total isolation, from which there has been not a minute's relief for now two and a half years. Every additional day in Guantanamo Bay compounds the illegality of their detention. Once a process of coercive interrogation has been initiated, no subsequent steps can ever give it retrospective legitimacy.
BBC News has more. BBC News also has background on the British detainees.

 

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