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Passion Islam I April 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
British complicity in rendition and
torture pre-dates 9/11 says report
A new report by Cageprisoners
into the involvement of British
authorities in torture and rendition
details alarming findings that are too
recurrent to ignore. Cageprisoners
publishes, Fabricating Terrorism II:
British Complicity in Renditions and
Torture, which highlights 29 cases of
individuals who have been subjected
to renditions or torture with recurrent
allegations of the direct involvement
of the British officials even before
9/11.Strongly reminiscent of the
case of former Guantanamo prisoner
Binyam Mohamed, the report details
the experiences of Farid Hilali, who
They told me it was regarding the Bagram and Guantanamo Bay. MI5
in 1998, years prior to the start of
case of man called Farid Hilali. Hilali agents interrogated me at every leg
the ‘War on Terror’, was first tortured
had written to me from Dubai, telling of my ordeal – including one who
in Dubai, UAE and then rendered to
me he had been detained there and had come to my house in 1998. I
Morocco where he was further abused
horribly tortured and forced to sign hope that the police investigation
– all with the knowledge and collusion
confessions. He also asked me to into Mr. Mohamed’s case will finally
of British intelligence officials.
find him a lawyer. That is how I first demonstrate just how many of us
Spokesman for Cageprisoners,
met Gareth Pierce. Three years later, suffered like this and, in my case,
Moazzam Begg, said of the report,
I was abducted by the CIA in Pakistan a result of my own government’s
“In the summer of 1998 I was and subsequently held and tortured policies. That is why we have taken
visited
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by MI5 in my house in England. in secret locations, Kandahar, them to court.”
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