Nov 30, 2010
The UK was complicit in the torture of a man who became the first person to be convicted in the UK of directing terrorism, it was alleged at the Court of Appeal today.
Rangzieb Ahmed, from Manchester, was unlawfully detained while in Pakistan, beaten and had finger nails removed with pliers during torture sessions, a QC told three judges.
“We say the UK was complicit in these acts,” said Joel Bennathan QC, for the 34-year-old.
While being tortured in 2006, his client was asked “many, many questions about events in Manchester” which formed a direct link with his arrest, over a year later, in that city.
When it came to his trial on terrorism charges, “the trial judge should have stayed the proceedings as an abuse of process”, argued Mr Bennathan.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:16 am