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Guantanamo prisoner sues US firm over rendition flights

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, June 4, IRNA
UK Legal Action-Guantanamo Prisoner
A British resident still held by the US is suing an American company for its alleged role in organising flights that took him to Guantanamo Bay, it was reported Monday.

UK-based legal charity Reprieve has filed the claim for Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian who lived in the UK, and says he was tortured at the camp, according to the BBC.

Legal papers were said to have been filed in California against Colorado-based Jeppesen Dataplan, a subsidiary of Boeing, who have allegedly been involved with "extraordinary rendition" of foreign nationals for detention and interrogation in overseas sites.

Reprieve, which provides legal representation to 37 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, said it was the first time a corporation has been sued over the rendition flights, sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The British resident was said to have been originally arrested by Pakistani immigration officials at Karachi airport in April 2002 when intending to return to the UK, but then was taken to Morocco, where he said he was tortured.

After 18 months, he was taken to Afghanistan in January 2004 before being sent to Guantanamo. Jeppesen were said not to be able to confirm or deny if it was involved with the flights.

The case, which is being brought with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is being made on behalf of two other men - Abou Elkassim Britel, an Italian citizen imprisoned in Morocco and Egyptian Ahmed Agiza, now jailed in Egypt.

A report approved by a European Parliament committee earlier this year said more than 1,000 covert CIA flights had crossed European airspace or stopped at European airports in the four years after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.


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