Rendition Allegations (Inquiries)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of John Grogan John Grogan Labour, Selby

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written statement of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 38WS, on rendition allegations (inquiries), if he will name the individuals involved in the two cases in 1998 where the British Government agreed to a request from the US authorities to render a detainee through UK territory or airspace; and through which UK airports they were transferred.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

In both cases the individuals were transferred through the UK in order to stand trial in the United States. The cases were as follows:

In June 1998, a flight carrying Mohammed Rashid landed at Prestwick en route to the United States. He was charged for bombing a Pan Am aircraft in August 1982. He pleaded guilty to murder in December 2002 and is due to be sentenced shortly.

In August 1998, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali landed at Stansted en route to the United States. He was charged for his part in the 1998 attack on the US embassy in Nairobi. He was convicted in June 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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