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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

UK Guantanamo detainee asks court to order turnover of 'torture' evidence
Mike Rosen-Molina at 6:15 AM ET

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile], the last British resident still detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], argued at a Monday High Court hearing [JURIST report] in London that the UK Foreign Office should be compelled to turn over evidence necessary to his defense before a US military commission. The evidence sought allegedly shows that Mohamed was the victim of torture and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive]. On Friday, Mohamed's lawyer asked the Irish government [Irish Times report] to turn over information about CIA rendition flights [JURIST news archive] that allegedly landed in Ireland in 2002 and 2004 while transporting Mohamed. Sky News has more. IRNA has additional coverage.

Mohamed says he was arrested in Pakistan and turned over to US officials who later transferred him to Moroccan agents who tortured him; he was later transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2004. In December, in a letter [DOC text] sent by his lawyer to UK Foreign Secretary David Milliband, he asked the UK government [JURIST report] to ensure that photographic evidence of his alleged torture be preserved. For most of 2007, Binyam was one of five UK residents detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Three of those were released [press release; JURIST report] from US custody in December. A fourth British resident, Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer, a Saudi Arabian national, was to be returned there but his current status is unclear.

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