February 23, 2009

Guantanamo detainee released to UK

Per BBC News, a British resident held at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay has been released, and returned to the UK. Binyam Mohamed, originally from Ethiopia, claims he was tortured with the complicity of British and American intelligence agents in Morocco. The US alleged Mohamed was inolved in a plot to detonate a "dirty bomb" in America, but the charges were dropped in October. Mohamed was arrested in Pakistan back in 2002.

Here's how Twitter users reacted to news of Mohamed's release and return to the UK:

@alistairgammond (Slough, England) is watching Sky News, about the Terror suspect Binyam Mohamed being relesed from Guantanamo Bay

@kyletaylor812 (Ampthill, England) Binyam Mohamed has landed in the UK

@ianvisits (London, England) Binyam Mohamed flies back to the UK in a plane similar to the ones the CIA (allegedly) used for their torture renditions - Ouch!

@alexhardy (Manchester, England) Glad to hear Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed is returning to UK.

@peterwalker99 Back in the office, following the return of Binyam Mohamed via the magic of reporters elsewhere, wires and TV

@talkislam Binyam Mohamed plane lands in Britain. Welcome home, brother. tinyurl.com/bhhdoa

And here's more tweets with official reaction from the British Government, NGOs and media sources who have their own analysis and background:

@ForesightNewsUK (London, England) Feb 23, 11.45am: News conference on behalf of Binyam Mohamed; see www.foresightnews.co.uk

@AmnestyIRL (Galway, Ireland) Watch & share our interview with Binyam Mohamed's lawyer about treatment he has suffered in detention bitly.com/3Cuql RT @AmnestyUK

@cnafrontpage Guantanamo detainee flying back to Britain: LONDON : Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born f.. tinyurl.com/dg5eko

@ReutersNews Reuters: Freed Guantanamo detainee says U.S. behind his torture: LONDON (Reuters) - Binyam Mohamed, a Br.. tinyurl.com/bhcf4y

@TelegraphUKnews Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed claims 'torturers' linked to British agents tinyurl.com/aojepx

@foreignoffice David Miliband made a statement on the return today of Binyam Mohamed to the UK: tinyurl.com/av3dfk

@FT Guantánamo Bay detainee arrives in UK: Binyam Mohamed a British resident held in Guantánamo Bay for more than fo.. tinyurl.com/bwwx98

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