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British government is complicit in torture

by John Clossick, chair, Save Shaker Aamer Campaign
Issue No. 2229

The British government has publicly admitted complicity in torture and abuse by making compensation payments to 16 Guantanamo detainees.

The settlement means that David Cameron is guilty of complicity in torture—as are previous prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, along with their foreign secretaries.

The government made the payments to stop documents coming out in court that would show definitively that the Cabinet hierarchy—the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and Number 10—had to give explicit authority to the spooks of MI5 and MI6 to either turn a blind eye to torture or provide questions to torturers.

The judicial inquiry into torture and rendition which has now been announced should be pressurised to consider all these “redacted” (concealed) papers.

The most outrageous part of all this is that while the last British prisoner, Shaker Aamer, is getting compensation, he is still languishing in his Guantanamo cell.

As the prisoners’ leader he has suffered grievously for nearly nine years.

People should join the protest on Saturday 11 December to free him immediately and close both Guantanamo and Bagram camps.

The first Guantanamo Bay prisoner to be tried in a US civilian court has been found guilty on just one out of 286 terrorism charges.

Ahmed Ghailani is the only person transferred from Guantanamo Bay for trial since the US began filling the military jail in Cuba in 2002.

He now faces 20 years to life in prison—despite his trial being racked with the use of informers and evidence taken during torture.

Close Guantanamo and Bagram, free Shaker Aamer, end torture and rendition

With Ken Livingstone, Moazzam Begg, Omar Deghayes, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Kate Hudson, Weyman Bennett, Lindsey German, Chris Nineham, Judith Orr, Anas al-Tikriti
Sat 11 Dec, assemble 12 noon, Ponton Rd, Vauxhall, SW8 (site of new US Embassy), march to Battersea Arts Centre for public meeting and film.
Organised by Save Shaker Aamer Campaign, StWC and Cage Prisoners

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Tue 23 Nov 2010, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2229
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