UK Ruling Leads To Release Of Torture Evidence
February 10, 2010
Binyam Mohamed, who is an Ethiopian-born citizen of the United Kingdom, was detained by the US in Pakistan in 2002.
He was believed to have received weapons and explosives training from al-Qaeda.
According to the report, Mohamed was subjected to intense sleep deprivation, threatened, shackled, and told he would be given to another country, a fear that eventually led to him being placed on suicide watch.
While the UK government denied knowledge of torture being used by the CIA on detainees, the report shows that details of his treatment was given and approved.
“The treatment reported, if it had been administered on behalf of the United Kingdom would clearly have been in breach of [a ban on torture],” the judge’s ruling stated.
“Although it is not necessary for us to categorise the treatment reported, it could be readily contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of BM by the United States authorities.”
But David Miliband says citizens shouldn’t see this as proof of any wrongdoing in the system.
“No-one likes to lose a case, but the force of the judgement is that it firmly recognises that principle,” he said.
“This judgement is not evidence that the system is broken, rather it is evidence that the system is working and the full force of the law is available when citizens believe they have just cause.”