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Guantanamo detainees seek justice from British government

Issue No. 2201

The British government is scrambling to keep more evidence of its complicity in torture under wraps after judges dismissed an attempt to suppress it.

The court of appeal ruled against an MI5 and MI6 move to keep evidence secret during a case brought by Guantanamo detainees.

The former detainees – Binyam Mohamed, Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el-Banna, Richard Belmar, Omar Deghayes and Martin Mubanga – are suing the government.

They were victims of the “extraordinary rendition” and brutal torture organised by British security services.

This Tuesday the Red Cross confirmed that there is a secret base at Bagram airport in Afghanistan where a number of the detainees were tortured.

The British government has denied this but it is now desperate to settle the case out of court. It believes that handing over millions of pounds in compensation would be better than having the “embarrassing” torture evidence exposed.

The blame will fall on torturer-in-chief David Miliband, soon be standing for Labour leader.


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Tue 11 May 2010, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2201
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