Is it Time for Interpol to Arrest Blair?
Written by Wazir Uddin
Lord Carlisle, the government's own terrorism watchdog, has called for a judicial enquiry and this has been echoed by a senior Conservative MP, David Davis, who is quoted as saying:
"I am convinced... that Binyam Mohamed was actually tortured. ...I am pretty convinced that we knew about it, and I'm reasonably convinced - I think there's a prima facie case - that we colluded in it in some way."
The unambiguous claim made by Binyam Mohamed is that it could only have been British intelligence that supplied his abusers since the series of questions asked by his torturers required specific knowledge of his life in the UK.
Also, Binyam's revelation that it was British intelligence who interrogated him in Karachi, at the beginning of the many years of his ordeal, makes it incredible to think that the subsequent torture of this man was outside of the UK government's knowledge.
So far, the government has not used their ultimate defence of denying a judicial enquiry on the basis of "national security" and it is uncertain if this claim could be sustainable in light of the increasing pressure to investigate.
The Binyam Mohamed case is not likely to be an isolated criminal act but part of a much broader British collusion in a programme of extraordinary renditions, torture and extra-judicial custody - all in the name of "national security". It is of utmost concern that values of liberty, the rule of law and accountable government have been contravened in light of a meta-narrative of security.
Something for us all to consider is what impact do immoral and illegal actions abroad have on our liberal values at home? For sure, the government will make the incredulous claim that there is no connection, but for us who can see the state's incursion into private space and freedom the connection is very apparent.
FROM THE FAMILY OF BABAR AHMAD
In our fight for justice, many doors were slammed in our faces. Firstly by the Police, then the Independent Police Complaints Commission, then the Police tribunal which praised those very officers for their bravery.
Today The Metropolitan Police have finally admitted full liability for the brutal assault their officers carried out on Babar on 2nd December 2003.
The Metropolitan Police admit Babar did not resist arrest. They also admit they repeatedly punched him and stamped on his feet. They have admitted holding him twice in a dangerous head-lock which made him fear for his life.
The Police even admit that they did indeed place Babar in the Muslim prayer position and taunted him, “Where is your God now?”
These words alone were a direct attack not just on Babar, but on every single Muslim in the world.
Despite the Police admitting that their officers carried out this brutal, islamophobic attack, they have refused to offer any form of apology for their actions. This shows their arrogance and refusal to express any remorse.
Before this day, the Police had repeatedly accused Babar of lying. These admissions have exonerated Babar and prove that they were the ones who were lying.
There are still many unanswered questions and we call for an independent inquiry. For example, what happened to the bags of evidence that have miraculously “disappeared”, including all the officers’ notebooks and interview transcripts?
We feel that there has been a cover-up. It took five years and only after court proceedings began did they admit fault. This is something the IPCC should also be investigated for, so that no one should ever have to face the brutal treatment that Babar received at the hands of the Police.
We would like to thank our excellent legal team at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, in particular Fiona Murphy and Phillippa Kaufmann, and all our friends and supporters whose assistance has been invaluable.
Throughout this ordeal, our faith has not waivered as we believe that our Lord never forsakes us. For those officers who asked, “Where is your God now?” Here is the answer.
Family of Babar Ahmad, Outside Royal Courts of Justice, London