Campaigners to save Omar Deghayes, the British Guantanamo detainee currently on hunger strike, went to the US embassy on Tuesday of last week. They delivered documents and a petition calling for him to be charged or released into British jurisdiction.
The delegation, including Omar’s brother Abu Bakr Deghayes and Des Turner, MP for Brighton Kempton, met a US official outside the embassy — the US authorities had refused them permission to meet inside the building.
“We were snubbed,” says Jackie Chase of the Save Omar campaign. “The lady who received our paperwork hid behind a wall so that she could not be filmed by the BBC and Al Jazeera television crews that had come with us.
“There was no response from her — she just blanked us.”
Omar’s case has been building up support. The student union at the University of Sussex voted on Thursday of last week to back the Save Omar campaign. A fundraising gig held in Brighton last Saturday raised over £1,000.
A meeting to highlight Omar’s case at the House of Commons on Wednesday of last week heard powerful testimony from Clive Stafford Smith, lawyer for many of the British Guantanamo detainees.
Omar’s captors were playing mind games with him, said Clive Stafford Smith. He urged people to write to Omar in Guantanamo to reassure him that people were campaigning hard for his release.
Send letters to Omar Deghayes, Prisoner 727, 160 Camp Delta, Washington DC 20053, US. For more details go to www.save-omar.org.uk