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MP tells family to 'move on'

by Paul Quigley Unison union steward
Issue No. 1893

I GOT involved in supporting Rhuhel Ahmed's family in Tipton about a year ago. When the men were first detained there was hostility from the media saying the 'Tipton Three' were guilty and fanatics. In that situation the families weren't sure they would get much support from local people.

But the war on Iraq has made people realise what is really happening. I met Rhuhel's father after the Labour council here refused to let him hold a meeting in the council-run Muslim community centre in support of his son. We battled for months to get the room and last December we held a meeting of 80 to 90 people.

Now the men have come back to Britain, the families want the others released. Local Labour MP Adrian Bailey says he wants people to 'move on', that it's time for 'closure'. Rhuhel's family have waited two years for 'closure'. In my view they are owed compensation and an apology about the treatment they have had from the British government.

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Sat 20 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1893
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