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March 11, 2004
Release of British Muslims indicates UK betrayal of its citizens
The release of the five British Muslims without charge indicates that the US has been holding innocent people without due process of law at Guanatanomo Bay with British complicity, writes The Muslim News.
Britain must now demand release of the remaining four Britons. It is unfortunate that the Home Secretary, who is in the US, is reluctant to the Britons to be returned to the UK.
The perception amongst British Muslims is that the war against terrorism is aimed primarily against Musilms and that both For Out of the window has gone any regard for the norms of international law of human rights for Muslims.
After September 11, both Bush and Blair said their war against terror was to protected Western values of democracy, respect for law and freedom. However, what has happened since that verbiage, is the Muslims world wide, especially in the US and UK, have been denied basic human rights and freedon, legal rights and due process.
It seems for Muslims, democracy is imprisoned.
The five Muslims were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 on Tuesday after they arrived at the Northolt Royal Air Force Base from Guantanamo Bay.
The five who have now been released without charge are Jaml Udeen from Manchester, Tarek Dergoul, 26, from East London, Shafique Rasul, 26, Asif Iqbal, 22, and Ruhal Ahmed, 22, all of Tipton, West Midlands.
Four other British Muslims - Feroz Abbasi, 23, Richard Belmar, 23, and Martin Mubanga, 29, all from London, plus Moazzam Begg, 36, from Birmingham - are still held at Guantanamo Bay without charge.
660 Muslims from various parts of the world, are still being held at Guantanamo Bay without charge, access to lawyers and without knowing when they will be released.
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