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British helped US in abduction

Issue No. 2062

British resident Bisher al-Rawi last week exposed the horrific events that he endured when he was abducted by US agents and taken to Gunatanamo Bay in Cuba in 2003. He also revealed the role that British MI5 agents played in his abduction.

He was abducted and stripped naked by US agents, clad in nappies, a tracksuit and shackles, and blindfolded, then strapped to a stretcher on board a plane bound for a CIA “black site” jail near Kabul in Afghanistan.

He was taken on to the jail at Guantanamo Bay before being released last March and returned to Britain after four years’ detention without charge.

He was thrown into the CIA’s “Dark Prison,” deprived of all light 24 hours a day in temperatures so low that ice formed on his food and water.

Al-Rawi was only held after MI5 sent the CIA a telegram, stating he was an “Islamic extremist” who had a timer for an improvised bomb in his luggage. But, even before al-Rawi left London, police confirmed the device was a battery charger from Argos.

British intelligence chief Sir John Scarlett said last week, “It is neither practical, desirable, nor is it in the national interest for British agencies to carry out work independently of the US effort.”

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Tue 31 Jul 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2062
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