Fresh evidence of British collusion in torture…

Further evidence of British collusion in the torture of UK citizens has come to light. Alam Ghafoor, a British businessman, was seized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in July 2005 while on a business trip. He was subjected to days of mistreatment and torture.

According to a report in the July 26 edition of the Guardian by Helen Carter, “Ghafoor and his business partner, Mohammed Rafiq Siddique, flew to the UAE on 4 July. They were dragged out of a restaurant as they dined on 21 July. The two British Muslims say they were threatened with torture, deprived of sleep, subjected to stress positions and told they would be killed and fed to dogs.”

The seizure of Ghafoor and his colleague took place within weeks of the July 7 London terrorist bombings. The bombings were followed by an unprecedented attack on democratic rights and legal norms. It was under these conditions that the British authorities apparently authorised the kidnapping of Ghafoor and his friend.

On July 22, just one day after Ghafoor was seized in the UAE, armed British police officers executed 27-year-old Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes in London. Officers fired seven bullets into his head while he was sat on a London Underground tube carriage, without warning or cause.

The Guardian article states that heavily redacted papers it has seen relating to Ghafoor’s case “appear to indicate that the request to visit Alam Ghafoor was made to an unidentified British intelligence officer and not to officials in the UAE.”
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MI5 fingerprints found in Gitmo torture case…

Documents have revealed the involvement of the British security service, MI5, in the torture of a ‘terror’ suspect, while in American detention.

According to documents revealed by Britain’s high court on Friday, an MI5 officer known as Witness B visited Morocco three times during the period former Guantanamo detainee, Binyam Mohamed, was secretly interrogated and tortured there.

The London court also said that Witness B interrogated Mohamed incommunicado in Pakistan after the UK resident was arrested in Pakistan in early 2002.

He was then transferred by US intelligence officials to Morocco, where he was tortured with impunity in the absence of relevant laws banning torture.
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MI5 accused of bribe offer in Rangzieb Ahmed torture case…

The security service MI5 is being accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by offering a man inducements to drop his allegation that its officers colluded in his torture.

Rangzieb Ahmed had three of his fingernails ripped out after MI5 and Greater Manchester police (GMP) drew up a list of questions for officers from a notorious Pakistani intelligence agency who had detained him in Pakistan. He was later deported to the UK and jailed for terrorism offences. Ahmed says he was visited in prison by an MI5 officer and a police officer who offered to secure a reduction in his sentence or a payment of money to withdraw his torture complaints when his appeal against conviction is heard later this year. His lawyers have written to the Crown Prosecution Service to complain that the approach was “grossly inappropriate” and amounted to an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

As well as lodging an appeal against his conviction, Ahmed is also suing the British government for damages arising out of his treatment in Pakistan. It is thought that his lawyers are planning to rely to some extent on a judgment made after legal argument that preceded his trial, the full details of which are being kept secret at the request of MI5 and GMP.
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(photo: Rangzieb Ahmed arriving at Heathrow from Islamabad – Photograph: Dennis Stone/Rex features)

‘If I didn’t confess to 7/7 bombings MI5 officers would rape my wife,’ claims torture victim…

A British man spoke publicly for the first time yesterday to accuse MI5 officers of forcing him to confess to masterminding the July 7 bombings.

Jamil Rahman claims UK security officers were behind his arrest in 2005 in Bangladesh.
He says he was beaten repeatedly by local officials who also threatened to rape him and his wife.

Mr Rahman, who is suing the Home Office, said a pair of MI5 officers who attended his torture and interrogation would leave the room while he was beaten.

He claims when he told the pair he had been tortured they merely answered: ‘They haven’t done a very good job on you.’

Mr Rahman told the BBC: ‘They were questioning me on the July 7 bombings, showing me pictures of the bombers.

‘They showed me maps, terrains … they asked me to draw things out and write names next to pictures.

‘They threatened my family. They go to me, “In the UK, gas leaks happen, if your family house had a gas leak and everyone got burnt, there’s no problems, we can do that easily”.’
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Exclusive: How MI5 blackmails British Muslims…

Five Muslim community workers have accused MI5 of waging a campaign of blackmail and harassment in an attempt to recruit them as informants.

The men claim they were given a choice of working for the Security Service or face detention and harassment in the UK and overseas.

They have made official complaints to the police, to the body which oversees the work of the Security Service and to their local MP Frank Dobson. Now they have decided to speak publicly about their experiences in the hope that publicity will stop similar tactics being used in the future.

Intelligence gathered by informers is crucial to stopping further terror outrages, but the men’s allegations raise concerns about the coercion of young Muslim men by the Security Service and the damage this does to the gathering of information in the future.

Three of the men say they were detained at foreign airports on the orders of MI5 after leaving Britain on family holidays last year.

After they were sent back to the UK, they were interviewed by MI5 officers who, they say, falsely accused them of links to Islamic extremism. On each occasion the agents said they would lift the travel restrictions and threat of detention in return for their co-operation. When the men refused some of them received what they say were intimidating phone calls and threats.

Two other Muslim men say they were approached by MI5 at their homes after police officers posed as postmen. Each of the five men, aged between 19 and 25, was warned that if he did not help the security services he would be considered a terror suspect. A sixth man was held by MI5 for three hours after returning from his honeymoon in Saudi Arabia. He too claims he was threatened with travel restrictions if he tried to leave the UK.
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photo: Mohamed Aden, 25, who was approached by a fake postman

MI5 and MI6 face 29 new allegations of torture in foreign prisons…

A campaign group representing prisoners detained for terrorism has compiled reports from a large number of detainees and former detainees who claim that the security and intelligence services were aware of their torture and mistreatment and did nothing to stop it.

In some cases they claim that MI5 and MI6 officers were present during the mistreatment and in others that questions were fed to their interrogators or that officers questioned the suspects shortly afterwards.

The cases follow a decision last month by the Attorney General to launch a police investigation into the alleged collusion of MI5 in the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, and could lead to a large number of new court cases.
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British police to investigate MI5 over Binyam Mohamed’s torture…

Attorney General Baroness Scotland, the main legal advisor to the British government, has authorised a criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police into whether the intelligence agency MI5 was complicit in the torture of ex-Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.

The decision follows allegations by British resident Mohamed that he was tortured in Morocco in 2002 with the collusion of MI5. Mohamed’s claims centre around an MI5 agent known to him as “John,” who was involved in his original interrogation in Pakistan. It comes after five months of deliberation since Mohamed’s case was first passed to Baroness Scotland in October. The investigation was approved after she and Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, scrutinised “substantive material” relating to the case, including the testimony of an MI5 officer.
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