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Miliband tries to conceal evidence of torture of Binyam Mohamed

Issue No. 2174

The government is determined to stop CIA documents that link the British state to torture coming to light.

Binyam Mohamed was arrested in 2002 and taken from Pakistan to Morocco, and from there to Guantanamo Bay.

After his “rendition” to Morocco he was tortured for 18 months, while MI5 agents fed questions to his torturers.

The case last week concerned one of seven paragraphs that the government is fighting tooth and nail to keep secret.

Senior judges ruled that the documents should be released.

But foreign secretary David Miliband is appealing against the ruling, so we still don’t know what the document says.

The judges have made clear it is an authoritative account of the abuse of Binyam Mohamed, based on official US reports.

Binyam says, “I’m not sure what is in the paragraphs—but it must be something that is really scaring the American or the British government.

“I think there’s people higher up—maybe probably all the way to 10 Downing Street—who involved themselves in this case, and they are trying to cover that up.”


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Tue 20 Oct 2009, 19:31 BST
Issue No. 2174
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