ISI `torture` victim wins right to appeal in UK court
Rangzieb Ahmed alleges that UK was complicit in his torture in Pak in 2006.
London: A Pakistani origin man, who
alleged that he was tortured by the ISI with the complicity of
British spy agencies, has won the right to appeal against his
terror convictions in a British court.
The lawyers of 34-year-old Rangzieb Ahmed, who was
convicted for being a member of the banned Islamist terror
group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, argued that British complicity in
his unlawful detention and torture by Inter Services
Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan was so great that his
conviction should be overturned.
"It is submitted that agents of the UK were complicit
in the mistreatment and the torture of Rangzieb Ahmed by the
Inter Services Intelligence in Pakistan and it is submitted
that the effect of that complicity is such that this court
should grant leave to appeal against his convictions," Joel
Bennathan, Ahmed`s counsel, was quoted as telling the Court of
The UK Appeal Court said Ahmed`s case needed to be
looked at in light of allegations about MI5 and MI6.
After being deported to UK, Ahmed was convicted at
Manchester Crown court in December 2008 of membership of
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. He is now serving a life sentence.
The decision to grant Ahmed leave to appeal also comes
at a time when the new coalition government is finalising the
terms of inquiry to be held into allegations of British
collusion in overseas torture.
Among the documents submitted to the appeal court at
yesterday`s hearing was the transcript of a statement made in
the Commons last year by David Davis, the former Shadow Home
It detailed the way officers of both MI5 and MI6 and
detectives from Greater Manchester Police are alleged to have
orchestrated the events that led to Ahmed being detained in
Pakistan for 13 months and subject to torture by the ISI.
Davis told MPs that Ahmed from Rochdale, Greater
Manchester was allowed to fly from Manchester to Pakistan
after the evidence upon which he was subsequently convicted
had been gathered.
The Pakistani authorities were tipped off and British
intelligence agencies suggested that their Pakistani
counterparts detain him, in full knowledge of "the normal
methods" that were employed against terrorism suspects.