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Passion Islam I March 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
UK Lawmaker calls for
inquiry into torture claims
A senior judge should lead an quoted as saying by the Independent Afghanistan.
independent inquiry into allegations on Sunday newspaper. His admission followed Britain’s
that Britain may have been complicit in Katznelson was not immediately embarrassing revelation last year
the torture and extraordinary rendition available for comment. that the United States had failed to
of terror suspects, a government President George W. Bush’s tell the U.K. it had used the British
adviser urged in a report. administration had refused to release Indian Ocean island Diego Garcia
Alex Carlile, a House of Lords Aamer to Britain from Guantanamo, as a refueling stop for two rendition
member who advises the government citing security concerns. flights in 2002.
on anti-terrorism laws, said an Ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Harriet Harman, the deputy leader
independent study was necessary Binyam Mohamed alleges he was of Britain’s governing Labour Party,
after repeated allegations about tortured while held in Pakistan said the government would consider
Britain’s possible involvement in the and Morocco and claims British Carlile’s proposal.
mistreatment of detainees held in intelligence were aware of his “There is no way that we are in some
U.S. custody. treatment and supplied questions for way ambivalent about the question of
Carlile was quoted as telling his interrogators to ask him. torture. It is absolutely revolting and
Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper Mohamed, an Ethiopian who the thought that rendition is part of
that a new inquiry should be held in moved to Britain when he was a that, I think that is abhorrent,” Harman
private to hear classified evidence, teenager, was arrested in Pakistan in told BBC television.
but publish a public report. 2002. He claims he was tortured both Britain’s Attorney General Patricia
A lawyer for Guantanamo Bay there, and in Morocco — where he Scotland is investigating claims
detainee Shaker Aamer, a Saudi- alleges he was sent to be detained by that Britain’s domestic spy agency
born former British resident, alleged U.S. officials. MI5 may have acted improperly in
for the first time Sunday that a British Mohamed returned to Britain on Mohamed’s case. An MI5 officer
security officer was present as Aamer Feb. 23 — the first Guantanamo interviewed Mohamed in Pakistan,
was beaten while held by U.S. forces detainee released since President but the officer told a court hearing that
at Baghram air base in Afghanistan. Barack Obama took office. he was not aware that Mohamed had
“He says that during this abuse British defense secretary John been mistreated.
a member of the British security Hutton acknowledged that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
services was present in the room forces in 2004 handed over two has said repeatedly that Britain’s
who witnessed what was happening,” terror suspects detained in Iraq to intelligence agencies do not condone
lawyer Zachary Katznelson of the U.S. authorities, who then secretly torture.
human rights group Reprieve was rendered the men to a facility in
Afghan operation ‘worthless’
the “unnecessary” deaths of four a choice of vehicles, although he has
soldiers. subsequently said he had not meant
But the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to cause any offence.
insisted the security challenge was Speaking for the first time since
“manageable”. his resignation, Maj Morley launched
The former SAS commander a scathing attack on the state of the
resigned after Corporal Sarah Bryant military campaign as a whole.
and three of her colleagues died when “This is the equivalent to the start
their Snatch hit a mine in June 2008. of the Vietnam conflict, there is much
Cpl Bryant was the first female soldier more to come.
to die in Afghanistan when a Snatch “We hold tiny areas of ground in
carrying her and her male colleagues Helmand and we are kidding ourselves
The military operation in Afghanistan struck an anti-tank mine in Helmand if we think our influence goes beyond
is “worthless” and akin to the start of province. 500 metres of our security bases.
the Vietnam war, former Commander Maj Morley, 40, said he was “We go out on operations, have a
of the UK special forces, known as compelled to stand down after punch-up with the Taleban and then
SAS, Major Sebastian Morley has Quentin Davies, the Minister for go back to camp for tea. We are not
said. Defence Equipment and Support, told holding the ground.” Britain has 7,500
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph an “unacceptable lie” in the wake of troops deployed in Afghanistan, the
newspaper, he said the government the deaths. majority in the troubled southern
had “blood on its hands” over Davies had said commanders had Helmand province.
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