US to let British diplomats to visit Guantanamo detainee

"The visit will help us make preparations for his return, should the review confirm a decision to release him," British FM said in a statement.

US to let British diplomats to visit Guantanamo detainee
U.S. authorities have agreed to let British diplomats visit Binyam Mohamed, a British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, Britain's foreign secretary said on Wednesday.

The decision follows a move by U.S. President Barack Obama to prioritise a review of Mohamed's case and could lay the ground for Mohamed, who says he was tortured while in U.S. detention, to be returned to Britain soon.

"The U.S. administration yesterday agreed that Foreign Office officials should visit Mohamed as soon as possible," Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in a statement.

"The visit will help us make preparations for his return, should the review confirm a decision to release him."

Mohamed, an Ethiopian national, was arrested in Pakistan in April 2002. He says he was then flown to Morocco on a CIA plane and held for 18 months, during which time he says he was repeatedly tortured. Morocco has denied holding him.

He was transferred to Afghanistan in 2004 and later moved to Guantanamo, U.S. authorities have said.

His case has attracted widespread publicity in Britain because U.S. legal authorities have fought to prevent evidence being released that Mohamed's lawyers say shows he was tortured. The evidence is contained in documents held by British lawyers.

Britain's high court has reluctantly agreed that the evidence should not be released as it could lead to reduced intelligence cooperation with the United States and prejudice Britain's national security.

Reuters
Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2009, 14:23
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