In an exclusive interview with Cageprisoners, the father of John Walker Lindh, Frank Lindh, discusses his son’s story. John Lindh, an American Muslim convert, was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001. Northern Alliance and US forces subsequently subjected Lindh to inhumane treatment and torture. After a malicious media campaign against Lindh, Lindh was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment in the US. Now, his one hope of legal recourse is a presidential commutation of his sentence.
Despite having absconded from a control order, Cerie Bullivant decided to return to face the legal system in the UK, and in doing so managed to overturn false allegations that he was involved with international terrorism. Cerie speaks to Cageprisoners about his experience of being targeted by the UK security services, detained unlawfully, and the effect this had on his physical and psychological wellbeing.
Detainee BF is among the latest British citizens to have been placed under a control order. He talks to Cageprisoners exclusively about the impact the order has had on his life and why it continues to be enforced.
Abdul Baset Azouz, a British resident in the UK with a family that are citizens, has faced deportation to his home country Libya since May 2006. Having been declared “not conducive to the public good” by the Home Secretary. Azouz has faced detention, control orders and the harsh prospect of facing torture at the hands of the Libyans on return. He speaks to Cageprisoners about his two year ordeal.
Since his acquittal in the ‘ricin’ plot, Detainee W has been the victim of a relentless campaign by the government to implicate him as a threat to national security. Facing each challenge that has been presented, he has successfully managed to prove his innocence at all stages of his detention. Despite his efforts, he is still being held under an extremely harsh bail order which only allows him to leave his home for three hours a day – his life has been made miserable by the severity of the sanctions placed upon him. He spoke exclusively to Cageprisoners in this interview.
In May 2006, Detainee QQ was arrested and placed under an order claiming that he is a threat to national security. After spending some time in HMP Belmarsh and HMP Long Lartin, QQ was finally placed under a bail order while fighting his removal from the UK and being sent to Libya. QQ speaks to Cageprisoners about life under a bail order regime for him and his family and how the order has affected their lives.
For five years the government attempted to detain Mouloud Sihali through various measures. Initially he was detained indefinitely without charge during the Ricin case of which he was acquitted. Months after his release he was rearrested for not being conducive to the public good and placed in detention, after which time he was placed under a control order. Recently he has once again been acquitted of any involvement with international terrorism and now speaks to Cageprisoners about his case and its implications on the people of the UK.
Only allowed out of his home for four hours in his day, Detainee Z is subjected to harsh bail order conditions as he fights deportation to Algeria. Having been placed through a process of detention without charge through a plethora of counter-terrorism legislation, the government after seven years has still not been able to make a single allegation stick against him. He now speaks to Cageprisoners about how his status as a refugee to the UK has resulted in his unlawful detention.
Mahvish Rukhsana Khan is an American of Pashtun descent. Outrage over the Guantánamo detentions spurred Mahvish to volunteer in the legal effort to defend the detainees’ basic rights. She first visited the base as a translator. Now a lawyer herself, Khan has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications. Her book, My Guantanamo Diary, has just been published by Public Affairs. Cageprisoners spoke to her in this exclusive interview about her book, her experiences and the caged men who became like a father to her.
Umm Anas and her family travelled to Syria from Sweden in order to study the Arabic language. While there they became the unfortunate victims of detention by the Syrian authorities who took them without any formal charges. They were eventually held in the notorious Syrian prison Fara’ Falastin where detainees such as Maher Arar and Abdullah Almalki were previously held. Umm Anas speaks to Cageprisoners about the detention of her family and their subsequent treatment by other countries in Europe.
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