BRITAIN: ‘ London’s Criminal Court Release’s Moazzam Begg Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee’

#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.


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“Guantanamo `Moazzam Begg arrested in the `UK’ along with two men and a woman, suspicion of `Syria-Related-Terrorist’ Charge’s”

#AceUKNews says a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has been arrested in the UK along with two other men and a woman.

The four are being held on suspicion of Syria-related terrorist charges in central England, according to police.

Begg was detained on suspicion of “attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas,” according to West Midlands police.

The police said the arrests were connected. “They were pre-planned and intelligence led.

There was no immediate risk to public safety,” said Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, head of investigations for the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit, according to a statement released Tuesday.

A police spokesperson told The Guardian that Begg’s name was confirmed “as a result of the anticipated high public interest” from the media.


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