UK sued for refusing to indentify prisoners rendered to Bagram
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
London, April 16, IRNA -- A legal charity is suing Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) for refusing officially to identify two men, who ended up in the "dark prison" at Bagram in Afghanistan after being handed to US by members of the UK’s elite SAS force.
Reprieve accused the ministry of "rank hypocrisy" for refusing to give the prisoners, who were captured in Iraq, their rights while at the same time claiming it was upholding the rule of law.
It said it had taken years and thousands of pounds to discover the identities of the two men who were taken by the SAS in Iraq in 2004, and named them as Amanatullah Ali (pictured) and Yunus Rahmatullah, who are both from Pakistan.
The MoD has insisted that if it released their names, even to their families, it would be in breach of the country’s Data Protection Act.
After previously denying having knowledge about the case, former defence secretary John Hutton said last year that both were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, (LeT) a banned organisation linked to al-Qaida.
But Reprieve said it had received information that Amanatullah Ali was a Shia rice farmer and could not be a member of LeT, a Sunni extremist group.
The case is also being taken up by the Conservatives’ shadow home secretary David Davis, who described the MoD’s refusal to release the names as an "insult".
"If they are bad people, tell us who they are. I think the reason we are not being told is because it is politically embarrassing. They deserve a trial. We deserve to know what the truth is," Davies said.
The refusal to identify the prisoners prevents their families from bringing a case to court under the British legal aid system because there was insufficient proof that were rendered to Afghanistan.
End News / IRNA / News Code 1058270
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