“Blair era 'mistaken identity' rendition case goes to high court”

The Guardian reports on allegations that there has been a “high-level cover-up of a blunder” in the case of two men rendered to Afghanistan and held for a decade without trial.

Lawyers representing one of the victims say that he was misidentified as a high-ranking member of a militant group on his capture in 2004. British troops transferred the two men to the custody of US forces, who rendered them to Bagram prison in Afghanistan. The men allege that they were tortured.

The Government is seeking to hold much of the case in closed hearings. Journalist Ian Cobain reports that, “as the court attempts to discover where the truth lies, the public is likely to learn little about the case. Government lawyers are arguing that it should be heard largely in secret, and they are likely to succeed."

If the application is granted, "Ali and his lawyers will never be permitted to see the evidence that the government will say is proof that he is a Sunni militant and leader of LeT, rather than a Shia businessman, and the victim of a dreadful case of mistaken identity.”

Cobain quotes APPG Chairman Andrew Tyrie’s comments on the case: “I understand that these two men were held without charge for a decade after being captured by British troops and transferred to US custody. They should not now be shut out of their own court hearings.

“Ministers provided incorrect information to parliament about this case, and for many years. If this case is heard secretly, many people could well feel that the truth has never been exposed.”

Read the full article here.