Charity sues British Govt for rendition of two 'Pakistanis’
A British legal charity is planning to sue the UK government to force it to reveal the identities of two men believed to be Pakistanis being held captive at a US base in Afghanistan.world Updated: Aug 17, 2009 22:43 IST
A British legal charity is planning to sue the UK government to force it to reveal the identities of two men believed to be Pakistanis being held captive at a US base in Afghanistan.
The legal suit would allow the charity, Reprieve to try and secure a court hearing on behalf of the two to determine whether or not their detention is legal.
The duo were arrested by British forces in Iraq in 2004, handed over to the US and taken to Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
The charity alleges that the men have been held beyond the rule of law, far from their family and have never been charged with any offences.
“These two men have been held in appalling conditions for five years and for all that time the British government chose to do nothing,” Reprieve’s director Clive Stafford Smith said.
“While we have not been able to identify their full names, we have learned that at least one of them is now suffering from very serious mental problems as a result of his mistreatment,” Smith added.
The charity says it believes the two men may be Pakistanis named Salah el Din from Baluchistan and Saifullah from Punjab, but this information is not enough to identify them fully or track down their families.