Binyam Mohamed press conference scheduled 11.45am today Monday 23rd February

February 23, 2009

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Reprieve and Amnesty International UK will hold a press conference today at 11.45am on Guantánamo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed’s return to Britain.

It will begin at 11:45am today (Monday 23rd February) at Freshfields, Northcliffe House, 28 Tudor St, EC4Y 0AY.

Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith and Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen will be speaking on behalf of Binyam Mohamed.

Mr. Mohamed specifically asked all media covering his release to thank all those in Britain who have worked for his freedom, including many members of the British government.

Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith and Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen will be speaking on behalf of Binyam Mohamed.

Former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg will also be speaking, together with Johaina Aamer, daughter of Shaker Aamer, a British resident who remains in Guantánamo Bay.

Mr. Mohamed specifically asked all media covering his release to thank all those in Britain who have worked for his freedom, including many members of the British government.

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For further information, please contact Katherine O’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office on 020 7427 1099 or Neil Durkin at Amnesty’s Media Unit on 020 7033 1547.

Note for Editors:

Binyam Mohamed is a victim of “extraordinary rendition” and torture. He was initially held illegally in Pakistan for four months, which is where a British intelligence agent interrogated him under circumstances later found to be illegal by the British courts. He was rendered to Morocco by the CIA on July 21, 2002, where he was tortured for 18 months, with the British government supplying information and questions used by the Moroccan torturers. On January 21, 2004, he was rendered a second time, to the secret “Dark Prison” in Afghanistan, where his torture continued. Since September 2004, he has been held in Guantánamo Bay. He has never been tried for any crime.

Three prisoners with British connections remain in Guantánamo Bay. All have been cleared for release.

Shaker Aamer, a British resident, whose wife and children are British nationals living in London, remains in solitary confinement – where he has been since 2005. A committed family man, he has never seen his youngest child and wants nothing more than to be a father again.

Ahmed Belbacha is an Algerian national and former British resident in his seventh year of imprisonment without charge. From the US military’s perspective, he could leave Guantánamo tomorrow. But Ahmed so fears what awaits him in Algeria that he has opted to wait in Guantánamo—even in Camp Six, the prison’s most grim isolation wing—until another country offers him refuge.

Farhi Saeed bin Mohammed is an Algerian citizen who left Algeria to seek freedom and greater economic opportunities in Europe and was captured and sold to U.S. soldiers in Pakistan after fleeing from Afghanistan. A peaceful and religious man, Farhi Saeed has lived in France, Italy, and the U.K. and would like to return to Europe to work after he is released from Guantánamo. He was cleared for transfer in 2007.

Reprieve and Amnesty International call on the British government to press for the immediate release of these prisoners, and to offer them a home.

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