Guantanamo detainee returns to Britain

Other News Materials 23 February 2009 18:32 (UTC +04:00)

A British resident released from the US detention centre of Guantanamo Bay returned to Britain Monday amid allegations that he had been tortured during his seven-year captivity, dpa reported.

Binyam Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian national, touched down at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base of Northholt, near London. He is the first Guantanamo detainee to be freed since US President Barack Obama announced the closure of the notorious camp.

Mohamed, who first came to Britain in 1994, was arrested in Pakistan in 2002, and transferred to Guantanamo in 2004. He alleges that British agents colluded in his torture during rendition to Morocco between 2002 and 2004.

The US authorities and Britain agreed on his "priority" release, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said. Mohamed was "near death" following a hunger strike, his lawyers alleged.

Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said Monday he hoped the British government would allow Mohamed's immediate release.