Britain: Tony Blair deports Algerian refugee to torture


Blair's friends, the US Bush administration, and torture, cartoon by Steve Bell

From London daily News Line:

Friday, 25 August 2006

‘GREEN LIGHT TO TORTURE’ – Amnesty condemns Algerian’s deportation

Yesterday’s immigration panel ruling to deport an Algerian man as a threat to national security is ‘an affront to justice and a green light to torture’ said Amnesty International UK.

The human rights organisation added in a statement: ‘Amnesty International is deeply dismayed at today’s decision of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissing the appeal of an Algerian man, known for legal reasons as “Y”, against his deportation on national security grounds.

‘The SIAC ruled that “Y” would not face a real risk of torture if he was returned to Algeria.’

Nicola Duckworth, Amnesty International’s Director of the Europe and Central Asia Programme, commented: ‘The SIAC proceedings were profoundly unfair; they denied “Y” the right to due process of law and any meaningful equality of arms, making it impossible for him to effectively refute the UK authorities’ case that he was a national security risk.’

‘Y’ is a torture survivor who had been granted refugee status in the UK.

In 2005, he was acquitted, together with others, of all charges in connection with a purported attempt to manufacture and use ricin.

He was released from custody in April 2005, where he had been since January 2003.

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