An organization called Reprieve is suing the British Government for their role in the torture of Mohammed Saad Iqbal Madni through British occupied territory of Diego Garcia.
Kidnapped in Jakarta, Indonesia, Mr. Madni was sent to Egypt for 92 days of torture which included severe electric shocks. Then he was sent to Guantanamo Bay where he was further tortured and wrongfully held for 6 years.
After no proof of wrongdoing was ever shown against him, he was released last year without charges or evidence presented against him. He has been seriously disabled – both physically and mentally – by his years in abusive captivity.
Reprieve has discovered that Mr Madni was rendered to torture via the British Overseas Territory of Diego Garcia;
Because of the chain of command required to authorise ‘unorthodox’ flights, it is inconceivable that the British Government did not approve this territory being used for illegal rendition flights such as Mr Madni’s.
The flight records and logs relating to Diego Garcia prior to 2008 have been destroyed in mysterious circumstances;
The UK government denied Diego Garcia’s involvement in rendition 54 times;
In answer to the 55th demand in January 2008, Foreign Secretary David Miliband admitted to two cases of illegal rendition via Diego Garcia and was forced to apologise for misleading both Parliament and Reprieve;
Mr Miliband blocked Reprieve’s attempts to restore the victims’ legal rights, refusing to admit their identities.
After painstaking investigation, Reprieve has independently discovered the identity of one victim, Mr Madni, and tracked him to Pakistan, to which he had finally been released, and where he is attempting to rebuild his life.
Reprieve are now suing the British government to force them to reveal details of their involvement in Mr Madni’s ordeal. We intend to ensure that British Territory may never again be used to hide government wrongdoing.
“For too long, Diego Garcia has been used as a safe haven for the US and UK to commit criminal acts,” said Reprieve’s Executive Director Clare Algar. “It is about time this territory was subjected to the scrutiny of UK and international law. Mr Madni’s case is the first step towards restoring the rule of law to Diego Garcia.”
“Rendition is kidnap, pure and simple, and there is a very serious principle at stake here,” said Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith . “The British government cannot admit its involvement in a crime, then refuse to identify the victims and affirmatively block others from trying to reunite them with their legal rights.
“Mr Madni suffers serious physical and psychological injuries as a result of his rendition to torture, yet has never had so much as an apology from his abusers. He is happy finally to be free but wants to launch this action to ensure that no-one is forced to suffer in this way in future.”
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