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Judge asks media whether to release Guantanamo Bay ‘torture’ evidence

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Urmee Khan
London Telegraph
Friday, Nov 7, 2008

A High Court judge has invited the media for advice about publishing legal evidence in a case concerning a British terror suspect held at Guantanamo Bay

Binyam Mohamed, 30, an Ethiopian national and British resident, was held in Pakistan in 2002, when he was questioned by an MI5 officer.

He was later secretly rendered to Morocco, where he says he was tortured by having his penis cut with a razor blade. The US subsequently flew him to Afghanistan and he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay in September 2004.

Charges against Mohamed, including that he was involved in a “dirty bomb” plot, have been dropped, but the US authorities are now considering further charges.

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Mr Mohamed wants access to documents held by the British Government he believes support his claim that he was subjected to extraordinary rendition and ill-treatment.

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Lord Justice Thomas, vice-president of the Queen’s Bench Division and deputy head of Criminal Justice and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones admitted to being “deeply disturbed” by recent events in Mr Mohamed’s legal battle to prove that he was tortured into confessing.

They referred to “delays and unexplained changes of course which have taken place on the part of the United States government”.

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