Legacy Of Tony Blair–Torture?

A businessman who was held and tortured in the United Arab Emirates in the aftermath of bombings in London believes he has uncovered evidence that British consular officials colluded with local law enforcement officials to allow him to be subject of torture. Alam Ghafoor, is among several British citizens who argue there was British complicity in their detention and torture. He was on a business trip to UAE just a few days after the London bombings in July, 2005 when he along with a business associate were dragged from a restaurant and threatened with torture, deprived of sleep and subjected to stress positions and told by local authorities unless they cooperated they would be fed to dogs.

Ghafoor has uncovered communication from British consular officials in the UAE which indicate they knew he was being questioned and did nothing to protect his rights. While under questioning he was subject to torture that resulted in a “confession” of being complicit in the London bombing. “I wrote a false confession and put crazy things in it like I have constant contact with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.”

British officials insist they had nothing to do with the imprisonment or torture. It was just another of those “misunderstandings” that continually appear in the history of Bush and Tony Blair.

  • http://bit.ly/RCpetition Natalie

    The more I read these kinds of articles, the more I wonder whether people actually understand the Geneva Conventions. Maybe if we start teaching youth about international humanitarian law in schools there wouldn’t be so much confusion.

    There’s a petition out now– Protect the Vulnerable in War: Teach the Geneva Conventions– found at http://bit.ly/RCpetition

    Sign the Petition! Perhaps our future leaders will better understand what is legal & right if they’ve been brought up to respect the Geneva Conventions.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Thank you for your work. When I entered the US Army in 1951 we were given a lecture about the Geneva Conventions and the need to respect them. Of course, this was in the aftermath of WWII. Perhaps, we should ensure every member of the US armed forces receives the lecture.