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Binyam Mohamed launches legal fight to stop US destroying torture images

Posted By admin On July 6, 2009 @ 4:07 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Richard Norton-Taylor
London Guardian [1]
Monday, July 6, 2009

Former Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed [2] has launched an urgent legal attempt to prevent the US courts from destroying crucial evidence that he says proves he was abused while being held at the detention camp, the Guardian has learned. The evidence is said to consist of a photograph of Mohamed, a British resident, taken after he was severely beaten by guards at the US navy base in Cuba.

The image, now held by the Pentagon, had been put on his cell door, he says.

Mohamed claims he was told later that this was done because he had been beaten so badly that it was difficult for the guards to identify him.


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In a sworn statement seen by the Guardian, Mohamed has appealed to the federal district court in Washington not to destroy the photograph, which neither he nor his lawyers have a copy of, and which is classified under US law.

The US government considered the case closed once Mohamed was released and returned to Britain in February. The photograph will be destroyed within 30 days of his case being dismissed by the American courts – a decision on which is due to be taken by a judge imminently, Clive Stafford Smith, Mohamed’s British lawyer and director of Reprieve, the legal charity, said today .

Under US law, evidence relating to dismissed cases must be automatically destroyed. The only way to preserve the photograph is to have it accepted as a court document.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/05/binyam-mohamed-guantanamo-evidence-photographs

[2] Binyam Mohamed: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/binyam-mohamed

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[4] MI5 accused of torture cover up in Binyam Mohamed case: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mi5-accused-of-torture-cover-up-in-binyam-mohamed-case.html

[5] How MI5 colluded in my torture: Binyam Mohamed claims British agents fed Moroccan torturers their questions: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-mi5-colluded-in-my-torture-binyam-mohamed-claims-british-agents-fed-moroccan-torturers-their-questions.html

[6] MI5 knew Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed was being tortured: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mi5-knew-guantanamo-detainee-binyam-mohamed-was-being-tortured.html

[7] Binyam Mohamed back in UK, claiming ‘torturers’ linked to British agents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/binyam-mohamed-back-in-uk-claiming-torturers-linked-to-british-agents.html

[8] Hillary Clinton made security help ‘threat’ to David Miliband over Binyam Mohamed case: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hillary-clinton-made-security-help-threat-to-david-miliband-over-binyam-mohamed-case.html

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