Reprieve urgently requests Irish evidence of Binyam Mohamed’s torture crew

July 28, 2008

On 25 July British legal charity Reprieve wrote to Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, requesting evidence central to Binyam’s defence. Both Binyam’s renditions to torture in Morocco and Afghanistan were enabled through Irish complicity.

On July 24th – Binyam spent his 30th birthday in Guantánamo Bay, with little cause for celebration. Binyam has now spent one fifth of his life in illegal US detention.

Before his four year incarceration in Guantánamo Binyam suffered two years of torture in US secret prisons, having been rendered to Morocco and the “Dark Prison” in Afghanistan by the CIA. Amongst other horrors, in Morocco, Binyam’s torture included a razorblade regularly being taken to his genitals.

Binyam now faces the prospect of a politically motivated, unfair military commission at Guantánamo and potentially the death penalty.

On January 16 2004 CIA crew, this time in N313P, stopped in Shannon en route to rendering Binyam Mohamed from Rabat to the notorious ‘Dark Prison’ in Kabul. The crew then went on to render another man, German citizen Khaled el Masri before returning to Washington on 28 January 2004.

Reprieve’s Director Clive Stafford Smith said:

“The Irish government enabled Binyam Mohamed to be rendered to unspeakable torture in Morocco and Afghanistan. They now have a chance to make amends by helping Binyam prove his innocence and rendition to torture.”

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For further information and interviews, please contact Clara Gutteridge at Reprieve’s Press Office on: clara@reprieve.org.uk or on 020 7427 1092 or 07973 687950. Alternatively, contact Chloe Davies at chloe@reprieve.org.uk or on 020 7353 4640 or 077397 37960.

Note for editors:

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives.

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA. Reprieve lawyers currently represent over thirty prisoners held in Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve lawyers have represented Mr. Mohamed since 2005.

For more details about Reprieve, visit: www.reprieve.org.uk.