Moazzam Begg arrest politically motivated, supporters claim

Date: 
Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

Yesterday's arrest of Moazzam Begg, the former Guantanamo Bay detainee, is linked to his work exposing British complicity in torture and rendition, his supporters claim.

The Guardian reports that his arrest has been met with 'scepticism bordering on outright suspicion' among British Muslims. It also quotes Cerie Bullivant of Cage, an independent advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror:

'Moazzam has been very open about his international travel and his objectives including, importantly, exposing British complicity in rendition and torture. The timing of Moazzam's arrest, given his travel to Syria took place in December 2012, requires a detailed explanation.'

Moazzam Begg will be speaking at 'How Violent is Britain?', a one day conference the Centre is organising with the University of Liverpool on Friday, 16 May, 2014.

Find out more about the conference here.

The Cage press release can be read here.