World Bulletin / News Desk
Former Guantanamo Bay captive-turned-human rights activist Moazzam Begg has been remanded in custody after appearing before a British court, charged with terrorism-related offences in Syria.
Begg was arrested earlier this week along with three others. He and another woman along whom he was arrested with, have been charged with committing offences in Syria, including the facilitation of terrorism overseas.
It is the first time Begg is facing any such charges, despite having already been held in the US-run Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba for three years between 2002 and 2005, after he was arrested by the secret services in Pakistan and surrendered to the Americans in Afghanistan.
Upon his return to the UK, Begg began his career as an activist, first releasing his book 'Enemy Combatant' about his experiences in Guantanamo Bay, then becoming the director of Cageprisoners, a group of activist lawyers campaigning for unjustly held prisoners.
Having also worked with popular movements like the Stop the War Coalition and Amnesty International, he openly wrote about going to Syria in 2012 for humanitarian relief work and research.
Begg stirred controversy when he revealed British and American complicity in rendition and torture in Syria.
Following his visit, the UK stripped him of his British passport as he was attempting to fly out from Heathrow airport in 2013, with officials telling him it was "not in the public interest" for him to travel.
Begg insisted that the decision to take his passport away was politically motivated because of his investigative work in Syria.
"I am certain that the only reason I am being continually harassed – something that began long before any visit to Syria – is because Cageprisoners and I are at the forefront of investigations and assertions based on hard evidence that British governments, past and present, have been wilfully complicit in torture," he said.Last Mod: 01 Mart 2014, 14:39