DOD to charge UK resident held at Guantanamo Bay: NYT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] plans to file unspecified terrorism-related charges against one of two UK residents [JURIST report] still remaining at Guantanamo Bay, US and British officials told the New York Times Wednesday. UK officials have reportedly objected to plans to try Ethiopian detainee Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile] before a US military commission [JURIST news archive]. Mohamed has previously claimed that in 2002 US forces transferred him to Moroccan agents, who tortured him; he was later transferred to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in 2004. In December, in a letter [DOC text] sent by his lawyer to UK Foreign Secretary David Milliband, he asked the UK government [JURIST report] to ensure that photographic evidence of his alleged torture be preserved. The New York Times has more.

For most of 2007, Mohamed was one of five UK residents detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Three of those were released [press release; JURIST report] from US custody in December. The other UK resident still remaining at Guantanamo, Saudi Arabian Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer, is expected to be allowed to return to his native country. There are currently no UK nationals being held by the US in its Cuba-based terror detention camp.

 

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