Guatanamo prisoner to be returned to Britain "soon"
A British resident held at Guantanamo Bay detention camp for more than four years is expected to be released shortly after an agreement was reached on his transfer to Britain, the government said Friday, according to dpa.
Ethiopian-born Binyam Mohamed, 30, would return to Britain "as soon as the practical arrangements can be made," Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in a statement in London.
The detainee has been held at the controversial US military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba since September 2004. He lived in London before his arrest in Pakistan in 2002.
He went on a hunger strike in early January and is "close to starvation," according to his legal team.
British officials and a doctor were allowed to visit him at Guantanamo Bay last weekend after the US authorities agreed to handle his case as a "priority."
Mohamed alleges he was taken to Morocco where he was tortured into falsely confessing to terrorist activities and claims that British intelligence officers were complicit in his abuse.
The US accused him of involvement in a radioactive "dirty bomb" plot, but all terror charges against him were dropped last year.
Mohamed could be returned to Britain as soon as Monday, sources said.