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Deported to torture?

Issue No. 2016

A secret British court ruled last week that an acquitted terrorism suspect can be deported to Algeria, despite continuing evidence of torture in that country.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled that “improvements in Algeria’s human rights record” meant that the suspect, identified only as “Y”, could be sent back there.

“Y” is one of eight men who was cleared by a British jury last year of plotting attacks using the poison ricin.

“Y” was not allowed to challenge evidence against him, and could be tortured if sent home. Amnesty quoted three of the jurors that acquitted “Y” last year saying, “We as a jury acquitted him of all charges and expected that on his release he could begin to rebuild his life in this country.”

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Sat 2 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2016
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