‘Prisoner 650 at Guantanamo was indeed Pak terror suspect Dr Aafia’April 2nd, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 2 (ANI): Former terrors suspect Binyam Mohamed in a testimony has said that he witnessed Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafiya Siddiqui during her detention at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, contradicting the official position forwarded by the US Government that she and her children were not in American custody prior to July 2008
The latest twist in the dramatic case was revealed during a meeting hosted by British peer Lord Nazir Ahmed at the House of Lords here on Wednesday.
Lord Ahmed is now demanding the immediate return to Pakistan of Dr Aafiya, and urged the Pakistan Government to directly intervene with the US to bring about a swift repatriation.
After a private viewing of the forthcoming documentary “In Search of Prisoner 650″ by journalist Yvonne Ridley, the former Guantanamo detainee told Ridley he was “100 per cent sure” that the female prisoner he saw in Bagram was Dr Aafiya Siddiqui.
Mohamed made his astonishing claim during his first ever television interview on the international satellite Press TV, the Nation reported.
Ridley started her quest for the truth about Prisoner 650 in Pakistan last July and sought the help of the country’s media with the help and support of Imran Khan who organised a press conference in Islamabad.
In this connection, Asim Qureshi from the international human rights organisation “Cage Prisoners” said, “With evidence continually mounting to suggest that she was abducted from Karachi in March 2003, the regurgitation of the same lies cannot be allowed to continue, especially in light of her prosecution in the US.”
Similarly, former Guantanamo another detainee Moazzam Begg who also spent time in Bagram detention facility praised Binyam Mohamed for coming forward to make his statement.
Begg said, “After my release I discovered females were indeed held by US forces in Bagram and elsewhere. One of them is Aafiya Siddiqui. Our suspicions were confirmed when Binyam Mohamed told Cage Prisoners during an exclusive interview that he had seen her whilst he was held in Bagram.” (ANI)
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