The Return

Binyam Mohamed will return to Britain suffering from a huge range of injuries after being beaten by United States guards right up to the point of his departure from Guantanamo Bay, according to the first detailed accounts of his treatment inside the camp.

Mohamed will arrive back tomorrow in the UK, where he was a British resident between 1984 and 2002.

During medical examinations last week, doctors discovered injuries and ailments resulting from apparently brutal treatment in detention.

Mohamed was found to be suffering from bruising, organ damage, stomach complaints, malnutrition, sores to feet and hands, severe damage to ligaments as well as profound emotional and psychological problems which were exacerbated by the refusal of Guantanamo’s guards to give him counselling.

Mohamed’s British lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, said his client had been beaten “dozens” of times inside the notorious US camp in Cuba, with the most recent abuse occurring during recent weeks.

He said: “He has a list of physical ailments that cover two sheets of A4 paper. What Binyam has been through should have been left behind in the Middle Ages.”

Lieutenant Colonel Yvonne Bradley, Mohamed’s US military lawyer, added: “He has been severely beaten. Sometimes I don’t like to think about it because my country is behind all this.”

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4 Responses to “The Return”

  1. Jay Vos Says:

    Rick, I’ve been following the developments of Mr Mohammed’s situation at Gitmo and his upcoming release. What struck me was how the US media (NPR, too) have been reporting on his case. Because I noticed on the NZ link you give, he’s identified as “UK prisoner,” but over here in the US he’s called Ethiopian or a British resident; the implication to me is that his protection is less than warranted because of that. Or am I nuts? Cheers.

  2. RickB Says:

    No, not nuts the suggestion is that as he wasn’t fully granted UK citizenship just leave to remain, he is a UK resident and as such deserves our support but some want to argue in an ‘illegal immigrants’ kind of frame he should have been left to rot. Some inmates have that problem and the UK reject some of them but as far as treaties go all nations have a responsibility on torture so none should find themselves orphaned of advocacy. I think at back of it is a wish they could all be disappeared into a black hole and US &UK consciences remain pure by virtue of wilful ignorance. And as an aside as he is living proof of torture by both nations spies he needs to be well protected from efforts to silence him.

  3. libhomo Says:

    I hope he writes a book about it. It would be the most effective fightback, and it would help to financially compensate him for what he went through.

  4. RickB Says:

    I think that is very likely and necessary for the reasons you give, plus I won’t put it past HMG trying to deport him down the line when they think no one’s looking.


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