Sunday, 1 March 2009

Binyam Mohamed back in West London

binyam-mohamed1You will all be aware that Binyam Mohamed is now back in the UK. Less reported is the fact that he is a west London resident, currently in Kensington.

I think I must be among many of you when I have mixed feelings about the whole affair.

Whether he is guilty or innocent of what he was accused of (membership of the Taliban and possibly Al Qaeda) I have no idea. But we did allow ourselves, it would seem, to become complicit in the worst excesses of the US approach to torture. The US is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court and it shows.

Even if he is guilty he has certainly suffered much it would seem and will probably lead the rest of his life in a very fragile state. And this local Imam has said that most of West London's muslims feel "scarred" (his words) and marginalised because of the case and its publicity.

His renewed residence amongst us in West London, not far from Shepherds Bush, is going to shine another light on our part of London in the context of the war on terror.

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