Friday, March 13, 2009
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Binyam Mohamed, has claimed he would not have faced rendition and torture if it was not for the involvement of the Security Service, MI5.
Mr Mohamed, a UK resident who was released last week after seven years in captivity, said that MI5 officers helped US agents to interrogate him following his arrest in Pakistan in 2002.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he believed that it was their involvement which led to him being transferred to Morocco where he says that he was tortured.
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“If it wasn’t for the British involvement right at the beginning of the interrogations in Pakistan, and suggestions that were made by MI5 to the Americans of how to get me to respond, I don’t think I would have gone to Morocco,” he said.
“It was that initial help that MI5 gave to America that led me through the seven years of what I went through.”
Mr Mohamed, an Ethiopian national, said that during his detention in Pakistan – where he was arrested for travelling on a false passport – he was questioned by a MI5 officer who called himself John.