Journal of History Spring
2005 TABLE OF CONTENTS
January 25, 2005
T H E M U S L I M C O U N C I L O F B R I T A I N
British Muslims Welcome Return of Last British Detainees from Guantanamo
The Muslim Council of Britain welcomes today's return of the final four British
detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
These returnees have been through an appallingly lengthy and unjust ordeal
in which they were deliberately held in a legal black hole by U.S. authorities.
The priority now must be for these returnees to receive immediate counselling
and medical help.
"Following discussions with the Home Office yesterday we are pleased to have
received assurances that the medical needs of these men will be assessed
straight away and their cases will be dealt with expeditiously. These men
have, of course, already been questioned extensively by our security services
in Guantanamo and we can see no justification for them to be detained any
longer than absolutely necessary. We want these men now to be returned into
the arms of their waiting families," said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General
of the Muslim Council of Britain.
The Muslim Council of Britain notes, however, that over 600 men and boys
(all of whom are Muslim) from other nations continue to be held at Guantanamo
Bay without any prospect of receiving a fair trial. Their continued incarceration
is a blot on the United States' claim to be the land of the free.
The MCB continues also to call upon the UK government to abide by the decision
of the Law Lords who in December 2004 ruled that the indefinite detention
of foreign terrorism suspects without trial in Belmarsh prison violates human
Note for Editors:
1. The Muslim Council of Britain (http://www.mcb.org.uk)
is the UK's representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national,
regional and local organisations, mosques, charities, and schools.
The UNSPUN egroup is run by Muslim media professionals who are devoted to
the task of ensuring that the message of Islam is presented in a fair and
balanced manner in the UK.
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