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October 01, 2004

First primary evidence of US torture from Guantanamo Bay

Lawyers acting for a Briton held in Guantanamo Bay have received the first primary evidence of torture that is being filed by his US lawyers Friday to prevent further inhumane treatment. “It is about time Tony Blair demanded the release of British Muslims incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay without charge. It sad to see that our Government has been silent about their torture even though they had the information on this for some time now,” said Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi.

The evidence has come by way of an uncensored letter, dated July 12, 2004, from Moazzam Begg, seen by The Muslim News.

However, detailed information on torture given to Gitanjali Gutierrez, US Attorney, when she visited Begg, has been classified by the US government. “US is committing crimes and then is classifying them,” Clive Stafford Smith, who is one of the lawyers of Begg, told The Muslim News.

In the letter, Begg said he “partially witnessed” deaths of two detainees by the US security at Belgram base in Afghanistan. Begg has said he has committed no crime and that “I have neither ever met Usama bin Laden, nor been a member of Al Qaidah.”

Begg says he should be released immediately “I therefore demand, undconditionally and irrevocably, that I be released immediately and returned to my family.”

Lawyers for Britons held at a US base in Cuba have renewed “as a matter of urgency” their call for the British government to secure the men’s return.

Extracts from the letter will be published by The Muslim News later.

549 Muslims are still being held at Guantanamo Bay, 190, have already been released. Four British Muslims are still being held at Guantanamo Bay.

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