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Ethiopia - Who is Binyam Mohammed al-Habashi?

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12/11/07

  10:26:12 am, by admin, 310 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Terrorism

Ethiopia - Who is Binyam Mohammed al-Habashi?

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Who is Binyam Mohammed al-Habashi

Binyam Mohammed al-Habashi, 29, a refugee from Ethiopia who arrived in the UK with his father in 1995, was a janitor at a mosque in west London. Captured in Pakistan in April 2002, he was then handed over to the US authorities, who, in what appears to be one of the most devastatingly inept failures of intelligence in the whole of the “War on Terror,” decided – apparently based on a “confession” extracted under torture by Abu Zubaydah, a “high-value” al-Qaeda suspect, who was had recently been captured – that he was a major al-Qaeda terrorist, who was planning to radioactive “dirty bomb” in a US city.

In a successful attempt to force a confession out of him, al-Habashi was “rendered” to Morocco, whose notoriously brutal interrogators, working on behalf of the Americans, tortured him for 18 months, repeatedly cutting his penis with razor blades, and he was then transferred to the “Dark Prison” in Afghanistan. Scheduled to face a Military Commission (a show trial in which secret evidence is withheld from the accused), his case was dropped in June 2006 after the Supreme Court ruled that the Commissions were illegal, and has not been reinstated.

Source: IndyMedia

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A lawyer for a Guantanamo prisoner has urged U.S. authorities to preserve CIA photos that would prove his client was tortured when the spy agency allegedly sent him to Morocco for questioning about al-Qaida links.

The request is urgent because of the disclosure that the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists now held at Guantanamo, lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said.

Stafford Smith alleges Binyam Mohamed was abused during 18 months in captivity in Morocco, where he was flown after he was captured in Pakistan in 2002. He was later transferred to a CIA-run prison in Afghanistan and then to the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba.


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Comment from: Etboy [Visitor]
Etboy

Hey beni keep fighting for you freedom and bring those who are responsible for your
inergration to justice. God Bless you…

12/11/07 @ 11:09
Comment from: merz [Visitor]
merz

I know him and his families too, he is an Eriterian not an Ethiopian , Just as usual Eriterians claim them selves as an Ethiopian when ever they caught .&#59;)

12/11/07 @ 12:20
Comment from: Girum [Visitor]
Girum

If this idiot (Binyam) went to
Pakistan/Afghan to train to hurt
people, he deserves every bit of
punishment and more.

It’s fanatic morons like him that
make life difficult for many decent
law abiding folks.

No symphathy for this idiot… in fact,
they should teach other thru this moron
so other coptcats won’t try the shit
he tried to pull.

I hope they send him to Meles ! I for
sure don’t mind savage Meles punishing
this dude for offending his masters ;-)

12/11/07 @ 12:37
Comment from: Yeha [Visitor]
Yeha

Mohammed al-Habashi is not from Ethiopia. He is an Eritrean banda who aim was to terrorized innocent people as same as his leader dictator Issaias Ass is doing these days. Eventhough he immegirated to UK with his father,from Ethiopia dosen’t make him he is an Ethiopian citizen no way.

As we all know many Eritrean bandas who went through from Ethiopia to the rest of the world and when they have doing something good they claim themseves as an Eritrean heroes. If they made something terrible crime they claim themselves they are from Ethiopia. Sound joke isn’t it? that’s how they are stupid people.

I don’t have no sympathy at all that what the U.S authority have done to him. Forget about cutting his penis or his head. He deserve it.

Yeha

12/11/07 @ 12:38
Comment from: nuna [Visitor]
nuna

Merz,
What has being an Eritrean or Ethiopian origin to do with this story? ecause you know we Ethiopians have our own merz running the country.I think this is a human story, Is this guy a terrorist who was planning to mass kill or is he some one being jailed because of someone’s forced confession during unbearable and inhumane torture?

12/11/07 @ 13:08
Comment from: Josi [Visitor]
Josi

He deserved it. He was trying to take innocent peoples life.
He is not Ethiopian.

12/11/07 @ 13:28
Comment from: koster [Visitor]
koster

whether he is an Ethiopian or Eritrean, the injustice is injustice and be fought with all possible means.

12/11/07 @ 13:30
Comment from: geb [Visitor]
geb

Good for him. May be he went to ask the al-Qaeda leader, Osma, for some money.

Whether he is Eth or Eri, God sent him to hell while alive.

12/11/07 @ 13:52
Comment from: ethiopian man [Visitor]
ethiopian man

what was he doing in Pakistan? the saying goes like this, there is no smoke with out fire..these fanatics who don understand humanity start to blame interrogators for abuses of rights. Those extremists work day and night to massacre civillians brutally. lets remember what the ONLF fanatics did in Ogaden, they didnt show any humanity when they cold bloodedly murderen chinese and ethiopian oil workers. Human rights should be applied for human being not murderers who behave like wild animal.

12/11/07 @ 13:56
Comment from: ethiopian man [Visitor]
ethiopian man

If you live by the sword you die by it.

12/11/07 @ 13:59
Comment from: tazabi [Visitor]
tazabi

Eritrean or Ethiopian,beniam aka ” al habeshi” is offcourse
a terriorst, just as his name signifies. Al habeshi meaning a supposed “Habesha freedom fighter".in anycase,it’s just like what they say, if you do the crime,you better be prepared to do the time too!!tough luck al habeshi

12/11/07 @ 14:13
Comment from: aklile [Visitor]
aklile

I don’t think his nationality matters at this time, the so called “crime” was committed as an individual, so the relative issue is did he do it or not? Was he an al-Qaeda operative or not ? What was his purpose of going to Pakistan or Afghanistan? If they proved that he was there for military training or for any financial, political or spiritual support then he deserves what he was put through, but if this guy was there just as a tourist then a crime was committed against him, so he should be vindicated and compensated.

12/11/07 @ 14:34
Comment from: Giyorgis [Visitor]
Giyorgis

What was he doing in Pakistan? Was he in an training camp for terrorists? Personally I could care less what happens to people caught learning to be better terrorists. They could have kept him locked up for all I care. If he was in Pahistan visiting relatives or finding a job, that different. If he was found among extremists and not being held against hios will…then logically, Guantanamo should be his home indefinitely.

12/11/07 @ 14:47
Comment from: KISSARA [Visitor]
KISSARA

ETHIOPIAN people are going to hell straight up Men, her people are hate mongers tribal’s they are so blinded by ethnic they couldn’t see right from wrong anymore currently I’m working with some Ethiopian people some where around 175 they all couldn’t get along at all they have some kind of group according to them they hate each other badly even though they are from the same country they separate each in groups the groups are Oromo, Amhara & Gurage together, Tigre, Pentecostal, orthodox. It is so sad to see one guy is jailed wrongly all what you care is what tribe he is or more so he must be an Eritrean or somali what a shameful people you guys are become
Shame! Shame! Shame!

12/11/07 @ 14:58
Comment from: AGAM [Visitor]
AGAM

This coward like his banda forfathers was abusing the good and beautiful name ethiopia.He is a typical shabia boy defaming the great ethiopia to protect his sing a poor country ertera.Nothing new comes here most erterans had being defaming ethiopian name where ever country they reside morethan 100 years.This coward islamist is following the foot steps of his fathers.He should get life in prison for all his activitis and defaming the ethiopian name.

12/11/07 @ 15:26

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