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Protest for Guantanamo detainee

by Guy Smallman
Issue No. 2112

On the protest (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

On the protest (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

On Thursday 24 July Binyam Mohamed turned 30. For six years he has been held without trial by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

Having lived in west London for over seven years, he was captured in Pakistan and “rendered” to Morocco, where he suffered severe torture for 18 months.

He is currently suicidal and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. He is also on hunger strike and being force fed by military guards.

In June charges were brought against him by the US military – charges that are based solely upon “evidence” extracted from him under torture.

He is to be tried by an unfair military tribunal, and could face the death penalty.

In a statement pleading with Gordon Brown to obtain his release, Binyam’s brother says, “My brother is an innocent man who has endured torture beyond one’s imagination, torture which is only seen in movies.

“My only wish right now is to touch my brother, hug him and talk to him. Please make my wish come true and make this year to be the last time my brother celebrates his birthday in Guantánamo.”

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Tue 29 Jul 2008, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2112
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