#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 01 – British prosecutors have dropped seven terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and outspoken advocate for the rights of terror suspects.
London’s Central Criminal Court acquitted Begg of all charges on Wednesday after prosecutors said new evidence showed “there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.”
Begg, 45, will be released immediately from Belmarsh high security prison, having spent seven months in custody following his arrest and questioning over a trip he made to Syria.
He faced seven charges, including possession of a document related to terrorism funding and training, and attending a terrorism training camp.
He was alleged to have attended the training camp in Syria between October 2012 and April 2013. Begg had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Begg was held in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly three years.
He was detained in Pakistan in January 2002 as an ‘enemy combatant’, and was transferred to the notorious US prison camp after a year at an internment center in Afghanistan.
He was released in 2005 from US custody without charges.