Last Night The Daily Mail had a Breaking News update on the situation of a British-Muslim/Somali, Mr. Mahdi Hashi reporting that Mr. Hashi is now in New York, United States and had appeared in court on charges of terrorism in Somalia [?]. Anyway, below is a full article from the Daily Mail.
Before we proceed, we would like to take this opportunity in answering the question relating to recent police visit, no it was not for us nor was they/police accusing us of any charges. When the police usually visits the house we reside in it is usually only for the attention of a young Portuguese lad (that’s all said for now), and never ever for us.
Secondly, we have nothing against police, we believe they are an essential services for peace, security and order, but we, as many other, believes they are not representative of local communities and they have more powers than necessary with little accountability especially in UK. But we are friends of Police. All what these services need is a total overhaul of reforms (see new articles below, after the Daily Mail’s report, on UK Police Corruption and growth in the misuse of power).
Above point relates to this single fact: the state/government of Britain or general Western nations, do not and have not (especially in times of peace) represent the voices of the majority of the British people. In other words, always be able to differentiate between a ”bad rotten and corrupt” modern British government and the exceptional really great British people in general. And yes every society has their own sections, very minority and small, of extremists, it is unavoidable, but these do not represent the majority. Hence We love our country, even if we are absolutely lacking support, admiration, love or even loyalty, let say this, of our modern government and it’s institutions (a disappointment for majority of contemporary western citizens).
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Anyway, here is the Full Article on Mahdi Hashi:
Missing Briton ‘kidnapped’ by FBI and facing life in prison: Family stunned as man stripped of his UK passport appears in New York court
PUBLISHED: 23:50, 22 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:41, 23 December 2012
A British man who was controversially stripped of his citizenship this year by the Home Secretary has been captured by American secret agents and brought before a court in New York on terrorism charges.
The sudden and unexplained appearance of Londoner Mahdi Hashi in an American court five months after he went missing in Africa has prompted claims that he is the victim of international kidnap or ‘rendition’.
The former care worker, 23, lost contact with his family while staying in Somalia this year. When they began looking for him, they were told by Foreign Office officials that they could not provide assistance because the Home Secretary had issued an order depriving him of his British citizenship
Mohamed and Kaltun Hashi were told by someone who had been held with their son that he had been imprisoned in Djibouti where he was being questioned and ‘mistreated’ by US agents. In October the US Embassy in London wrote to the family denying any knowledge of Mahdi Hashi.
Now The Mail on Sunday has discovered that on Friday he appeared in court in Brooklyn, accused of working with the terrorist group al-Shabaab, which is at war with the government of Somalia. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.
The family deny that Mahdi has ever been involved in terrorist activities and say he was planning to return to London to complete his education.
Documents released by the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York say Mahdi and two Swedish men were detained in Africa by ‘local authorities’ in August before being handed over to the FBI on November 14 and flown to New York the following day.
Last night The Mail on Sunday broke the news to the Hashi family that their son was in custody.
Mohamed Hashi said: ‘We are not some slaves who can be passed around from one owner to another. Why was our son sent to the US? It makes no sense when he has never done anything to them.’
The family’s lawyer, Saghir Hussain, described the development as ‘extraordinary’.
He said: ‘The UK Government has a lot of explaining to do. What role did it play in getting him kidnapped, held in secret detention and renditioned to the US?’
The case has led to allegations that the US and the UK governments may have conspired to kidnap Mahdi and send him to Djibouti, where the US has a counter-terrorism base.
Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC said: ‘There must be a suspicion that in depriving this man of his citizenship it was to enable him to be transferred to American custody without going through extradition.’
Asim Qureshi, a spokesman for the human rights charity Cageprisoners, said: ‘We believe that since the problems the UK Government has had with deportations and extraditions, it has been easier for them to remove the citizenship of individuals, thus allowing them to be victims of rendition by third-party countries.’
The Foreign Office said it was not possible to say whether Mr Hashi would be given assistance from the Government, but added: ‘The US system meets the international requirements on human rights obligations.’
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