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Three of the most senior Court of Appeal judges in England and Wales on Wednesday authorized the public release of documents concerning the secret rendition and alleged torture of Binyam Mohamed. The ACLU has the details.
While in detention, Mohamed was subjected to physical and psychological abuse by his captors. Upon his release, Mohamed sought documents from the British government that would confirm that U.K. officials were aware of and complicit in his abuse by U.S. forces. Today's ruling orders the disclosure of seven previously suppressed paragraphs from an earlier court ruling that summarize British government documents related to Mohamed's detention and torture while under the control of U.S. authorities.
The CIA had provided the documents to MI5. Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for President Barack Obama, criticized the ruling, saying:
"We're deeply disappointed with the court's judgment because we shared this information in confidence and with certain expectations.
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Binyam Mohamed will be flown to Great Britain today, his six year ordeal at Guantanamo and prisons in Morocco, Pakistan and Afghanistan finally over.
Mohamed, who left Ethiopia for Britain in 1994 and studied engineering in London, was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and transferred to Guantanamo in 2004. He was accused by the U.S. of being an unlawful enemy combatant who conspired to commit acts of terrorism. U.S. prosecutors dropped the charges in October.
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