As a condition for his release, the U.S. government lawyers told Binyam Mohamed to plead guilty, deny torture, and not to talk to media about his ordeal.
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 24 (acn) With the most underhand methods, the devotees of the empire are trying to hide the torture committed by US guards against prisoners at its illegally occupied Guantánamo Naval Base.
On this occasion, it is known that lawyers from the US government tried to force a British resident imprisoned in the base -which it maintains against the will of the Cuban people and government- to sign a document saying he had never been tortured there.
Likewise, the aforementioned prisoner had to agree not to speak to the media about this ordeal – a commitment he rejected. These conditions were imposed on him in order to be released, Granmanewspaper reports on Tuesday.
The lawyers also wanted Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen who was imprisoned for over four years, to plead guilty to terrorism charges in return for his freedom, although he was never charged with any crime, according to the documents formulated by two judges that participated in the case in the British Supreme Court.
The documents, related to a ruling announced by the magistrates in October, reveal that the US Army wanted Mohamed to agree never to sue either the Americans or any of its allies to force disclosure of his mistreatment.
‘The accused accepts not to participate or support, in any way, litigation or challenge, in any forum, against the United States or any other nation or official from any nation, whether military or civilian’, established a draft agreement prepared by lawyers from the White House in 2008.
The text adds that ‘the accused assigns the United States all legal rights to sign and present any document, motion or speech necessary to implement this requirement on behalf of the accused’, read a key clause of the agreement.
The proposed agreement was included in documents presented before the Supreme Court in October, when the body ruled that the files related to Mohamed’s case could not be published because they could jeopardize the national security conventions existing between Great Britain and the United States.
Mohamed’s lawyers rejected the agreement and the detainee was, eventually, released last month, unconditionally.
Source: Cuba News