Guantanamo detainee sues UK for withholding 'torture' evidence

[JURIST] A British resident still detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the UK government alleging that the UK Foreign Office has refused to turn over evidence necessary to his defense before a US military commission, according to the Guardian newspaper. The evidence sought allegedly shows that Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile] was the victim of torture and extraordinary rendition [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 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 Guardian 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. A fourth British resident, Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer, a Saudi Arabian national, was to be returned there but his current status is unclear.

 

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