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Omar Deghayes: high court rules against Guantanamo detainees

Issue No. 2000

The high court last week ruled that the British government is not obliged to intervene on behalf of the British residents held at Guantanamo Bay.

Jackie Chase, spokesperson for Save Omar, the campaign for the release of Guantanamo prisoner Omar Deghayes, said, “We are disappointed with this ruling because while Guantanamo is condemned in general terms the British government is not compelled to protect British residents held there indefinitely, without trial or hope of justice.

“It makes no legal or moral sense because Jack Straw has already agreed to make representations on behalf of one of the men, Bisher-al Rawi. It has been well documented in the press that he had been co-operating with MI5.

“Is this the price of release from Guantanamo? Are innocent men been kept hostage until they agree to be informers?”

Abubaker Deghayes, brother of Omar, said, “Families of those detained in that place go through everyday knowing that their brothers, husbands or fathers are suffering.

“We are can’t see them or speak to them. We fear the worst. If all are agreed Guantanamo must close then why cannot a British minister request that my brother comes home?”

There is now likely to be an appeal against the decision.

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Sat 13 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2000
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