Trial on British MI5’s involvement in torture of Binyam Mohamed

This week’s appeal court ruling disclosed CIA-based intelligence showing that MI5 knew that British resident Binyam Mohamed had been subjected to treatment “at the very least cruel, inhuman, and degrading”. Mohamed is a former Guantánamo detainee who claims to have been tortured by US authorities with the knowledge or even support of MI5.

The appeal court, presided over by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, also referred to a recent US court case where the judge vindicated Mohamed’s claims that “UK authorities” had been “involved in and facilitated the ill-treatment and torture” to which he was subjected while under the control of the US. A particular document refers to MI5 officers having “deliberately misled” parliament and sharing a “culture of suppression”.

Gitmo inmate wins right to see secret ‘torture’ evidence

A British resident facing the death penalty at Guantanamo Bay has won his case for the Government to disclose secret evidence that he says supports claims he was tortured into confessing to crimes he did not commit. Binyam Mohamed, 30, who was arrested in Pakistan six years ago, said the Americans flew him to a prison in Morocco where he was tortured before his transfer to a US detention centre in Afghanistan. In 2004, he was taken to the US Navy base in Cuba where he is awaiting a trial before a military commission on charges that he conspired with al-Qa’ida leaders to plan terror attacks on civilians. But the High Court in London this week said British authorities still held secret material that might help confirm Mr Mohamed’s whereabouts and the nature of his detention after 2002. The judges said his allegations of torture were at least “arguable” and that the Security Service, MI5, had information relating to him that was “not only necessary but essential for his defence”. In the ruling, the judges said the “conduct of the Security Service facilitated interviews by or on behalf of the US when Binyam Mohamed was being detained by the US incommunicado” in 2002 in Pakistan. Working with the Americans after the 9/11 terror attacks, the British authorities sent an officer from MI5 to interview him, the court said. The officer told him he could expect no help from Britain unless he fully co-operated with his US interrogators.