UK Liberty


Posted in law and order by ukliberty on June 9, 2008


[JURIST] A UK High Court judge has ordered [Reprieve press release] an expedited hearing on whether the UK government must turn over documents allegedly showing that the last British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] was tortured. US military prosecutors last week charged [charge sheet, PDF; JURIST report] Ethiopian London resident Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile; JURIST news archive] with conspiring to commit terrorism. Mohamed was originally arrested in Pakistan and turned over to US officials; he says that in 2002 the US transferred him to Moroccan agents, who tortured him before he was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2004. Last month, he sued the UK government [Reprieve press release, PDF; JURIST report] for refusing to turn over evidence allegedly needed for his defense. On Tuesday, the judge rejected arguments by government lawyers that turning over the requested evidence could force the eventual disclosure of more sensitive security information. The New York Times has more. BBC News has local coverage. …

The BBC:

[Mohamed’s lawyers] are also seeking evidence he was subjected to “extraordinary rendition” – transport abroad for interrogation.

Hmm… “transport abroad for interrogation”… is that all it is?

Why would a detainee need to be transported to states such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria , using extra-legal (that is, illegal, not more than legal) methods?


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