The last Briton in Guantanamo faces death penalty

Published on, By Robert Verkaik, May 30th, 2008.

A British resident who is facing the death penalty in Guantanamo Bay has made a final desperate plea to Gordon Brown to end his six-year ordeal and bring him home today.

In a letter delivered to Downing Street, Binyam Mohamed, the last Guantanamo inmate with the automatic right to British residency, calls on the Prime Minister to use his influence with President George Bush to stop an American military “kangaroo court” sending him to his death.

Mr Mohamed, 29, from Kensington, west London, who is expected to be charged by the Americans with terrorism-related offences in the next few days, claims he has suffered horrific abuse during more than six years in detention without trial.

He denies any involvement with terrorism and says any evidence against him has been extracted through torture while he was being questioned by American interrogators in a Moroccan prison.

In his letter, Mr Mohamed tells Mr Brown: “I have been held without trial by the US for six years, one month and 12 days. That is 2,234 days (very long days and often longer nights). Of this, about 550 days were in a torture chamber in Morocco and about 150 in the ‘Dark Prison’ in Kabul. Still there is no end in sight, no prospect of a fair trial.”

He blames Britain for supplying the Americans with personal information which was used against him when he was being questioned in Morocco and where he claims his interrogators used a razor to repeatedly cut his genitals.Mr Mohamed also alleges that the British Government is refusing to release vital evidence that would prove he was tortured … (full text).

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