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Guantanamo hostage’s father gives support

Issue No. 1921

AZMAT BEGG, father of Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam, contacted the Bigley family through Socialist Worker.

He said on Monday, “My heart goes out to the family.

“I have the deepest respect for the efforts of Paul and all the other family members .

“Ken is an innocent man. I appeal to his captors to be merciful and release him.

“I know what it is like to have a loved one taken and held hostage.

“My son, Moazzam, has been held in Guantanamo Bay for three years. They are keeping him hostage.

“We were told he could face a military tribunal that could lead to him being shot.

“But this man, Ken Bigley, is not responsible for that. He has done nothing wrong.

“The ordinary people of Britain who marched in our millions against the invasion of Iraq are not responsible for the suffering those who took us to war have unleashed.

“I am not only fighting for my son. I am fighting all injustice, and will do whatever the Bigley family ask of me in the way of help.

“If the government will not bring justice and peace, we the ordinary people must provide the answer.”

l The family of Babar Ahmad, held under the British anti-terror laws, said this week, “Our heartfelt thoughts and wishes go out to Mr Bigley and his family. We feel as though we can identify with them at this distressing time.”

Protest against internment at Belmarsh Prison, Britain’s Guantanamo, this Sunday, 3 October, from 12 noon. Speakers include Ashfaq Ahmad (Babar Ahmad’s father), Gareth Peirce, Victoria Brittain and Adnan Siddiqui.

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