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Binyam Mohamed

About Binyam Mohamed

Binyam Mohamed al Habashi (born July 24, 1978 in Ethopia) is a would-be bomber suspect by the US. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2004. He is believed to have worked for the Talibans in Afghanistan.

Personal Biography

Binyam entered in UK seeking asylum after his family is sent away by the Ethiopian government. His application was rejected but later the UK gave him permission to stay for 4 years. He lived in North Kensington, West London working as a cleaner and studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Binyam converted to Islam in 2001 and traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Binyam was arrested by the Pakistan Immigration officials at the Karachi Airport in April 2002 when he is returning back to the UK. Reports say that between 2002 and 2004, he is tortured in Pakistan, Morocco and Afghanistan. He is taken to Kabul and later to Guantanamo in September 2004.

In August 2007, the UK asked the US to return the detainees but Binyam was not returned. It later became clear that the US is re-stating charges and asked for evidence against Binyam leading to court proceedings. The UK Government declined the request and the court proceedings started on May 6, 2008 which went on through February 2009. The lawyers claimed that he is tortured.

Binyam was on hunger strike for lack of proper conditions at the Guantanamo prison. During May 08, he wrote to the Downing Street saying Britain has betrayed him and that he is considering suicide. In October 08, charges against Binyam and four others are dropped by the US. He has to wait till the new US Government takes charge. He went on hunger strike between January 5 and February 11, 2009. On February 15, 2009, UK officials including a doctor visited him in Cuba to check his condition. The Foreign Office made a statement on February 20, 2009 that Binyam will be released.

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