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Omar Deghayes campaign builds

by Liv Lewitschnik
Issue No. 1956

Supporters of Omar Deghayes, a detainee at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 and a British resident, met on Monday this week to discuss what further action to take to safeguard his return here.

Omar was born in Libya, but fled to Britain in 1987 after his father, a political opponent of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadafy, was arrested by secret police and executed.

If he is ever released from Guantanamo, Omar will be sent back to Libya to the prospect of torture and even death.

Taher Deghayes, Omar’s brother, told Socialist Worker, “For generations we have fought for our freedoms, and now they are taken away from us. This case is not only about Omar, but about defending all our civil liberties.”

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Sat 18 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1956
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