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Detainee Who Claim Abuse to Return to Britain

The New York Times reported that the case of a Guantanamo detainee has gained international attention because of his assertions that he was tortured while in C.I.A. custody. He is scheduled to arrive in Britain on Monday.


The detainee, Binyam Mohamed, has been in American custody for nearly seven years. He was held and interrogated first in Pakistan and hen for 18 months in Morocco. He was also was held and interrogated in Afghanistan, before being moved to the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prison camp.

His return to Britain will mark the finish line of an 18-month standoff between the United States and Britain. Britain has been attempting to get him released since August 2007.

An anonymous British government official affirmed Mr. Mohamed’s expected return but gave no other details. On Friday, the British Foreign Office issued a statement that final arrangements were being made for his release.

Mr. Mohamed will adhere to voluntary restrictions such as a lifetime prohibition on travel to the United States, according to people who have seen the restrictions.Those people would only speak if they were anonymous.

According to ABC News, the Obama administration will start the process of releasing a prisoner from the Detainee Center at Guantanamo Bay next week, perhaps as early as Monday.


Binyam Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian and legal resident of the UK, will be moved into British custody. The British will fly Mohamed back to England. The British government has signaled it intends to place Mohamed under surveillance, yet he is not expected to be arrested.

All terrorism-related charges against Mohamed were dropped in 2007.

British authorities have long voiced their concerns about the evidence collected against Mohamed saying because of allegedly being subjected to torture by Pakistani and U.S. authorities, it is not admissible in court.

Commander Kirk Lippold, a Senior Military Fellow at Military Families United, said Mohamed's release is not safe and urged the president to reconsider his decision.

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