Torture in Afghanistan: UK Court Orders Release of Evidence

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "Reprieve, the legal action charity, the lawyers of which represent dozens of prisoners still held at Guantanamo, won a court victory in the case of British resident Shaker Aamer, which appears to draw on the organization's success in securing a judicial review in the case of another of their clients, Binyam Mohamed. Initiated in May 2008, this led, eventually, to a fast-track review of Mohamed's case by the Obama administration, and his return to the UK in February of this year."

The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law

Stephen Rohde, Truthout: "At once shocking, frustrating and inspiring, the book [The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law] chronicles the courageous and hard-working lawyers who took time from law firms, small and large, human rights organizations and military assignments to step up and provide legal aid to people whom the Bush administration was calling 'the worst of the worst' after 9/11."
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UK: Ministers in U-turn over torture documents for Guantanamo Briton
Independent [UK]


Ministers have agreed to the release of secret documents that could prove MI5 agents were present during the torture of a British resident held by the US government for eight years. Shaker Aamer, the last detainee at Guantanamo Bay to be recognised by the UK Government, claims he was tortured during his detention in Afghanistan. He also alleges that Britain colluded in that torture by sending agents to interview him. Lawyers for Mr Aamer went to the High Court to force the release of documents which they believe will help prove his case against the UK Government. In an important development last week the Government agreed to surrender the documents to Mr Aamer’s lawyers in the US...

Britain posts details on US abuse of detainee

Winston-Salem Journal


The British government lost a protracted court battle yesterday to protect secret U.S. intelligence information about the treatment of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and immediately published details of what it called the ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ administered to the prisoner by U.S. officials. The seven paragraphs published on the Foreign Office Web site summarized secret information provided by U.S. intelligence officials to Britain’s security service, MI5, on the treatment of Ethiopian Binyam Mohamed, 31. ...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Binyam Mohamed Torture Evidence Must be Revealed, Judges Rule

By Richard Norton-Taylor

Three of Britain's most senior judges have ordered the government to reveal evidence of MI5 complicity in the torture of British resident Binyam Mohamed - unanimously dismissing objections by David Miliband, the foreign secretary.

Binyam Mohamed: Read the Secret Torture Evidence

By The Guardian

The government has published the seven paragraphs about the treatment of Binyam Mohamed after a ruling in the court of appeal.

Binyam Mohamed: text of letter which reveals court's criticism of 'deliberately misleading' security service

Here we publish a lawyer's letter detailing how the Master of the Rolls condemned MI5 for withholding intelligence from the foreign secretary and the courts over complicity in torture.

Britain 'complicit in mistreatment and possible torture' says UN

Human rights report indicates clear evidence of UK role in secret detention of British Muslims.

Top judge: Binyam Mohamed case shows MI5 to be devious, dishonest and complicit in torture

Legal defeat plunges Security Service into crisis over torture evidence, and it is revealed that judge removed damning verdict after Foreign Office QC's plea.

UK details US torture of Ethiopian-born detainee

"Although it is not necessary for us to categorize the treatment reported, it could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities," the text said.

US: British disclosure may affect intelligence sharing

The White House warned Wednesday that a British court's order releasing once-secret details of the harsh interrogation of a terrorism suspect could affect US-British intelligence sharing.

Pennsylvania: Student of Arabic Sues Over Detention

A Pennsylvania man sued the federal government Wednesday, alleging that he was abusively interrogated, handcuffed and detained for five hours at Philadelphia's airport in August because he carried a set of English-Arabic flashcards as part of his college language studies.

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