Briton Tortured Into Confessing Bomb Plot: Lawyer

Posted on Tuesday, November 21 at 13:08 by rearguard

Briton tortured into confessing bomb plot: lawyer

LONDON (Reuters) - A British Muslim falsely confessed to planning to bomb several high-profile English landmarks after being tortured and subjected to degrading conditions in Pakistan, his defense lawyer said on Tuesday.

Salahuddin Amin, 31, was subjected to "inhumane" treatment

by the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI) during 10 months of incarceration, Patrick O'Connor told a London court.

The torture took place with the knowledge of British intelligence agencies although no British agents were actually involved or witnessed it, he said.

Amin is one of seven British Muslims accused of planning to make explosives out of ammonium nitrate fertilizer to bomb pubs, clubs, trains, a shopping centre and synagogues.

O'Connor said Amin, who also holds Pakistani nationality, had been deprived of all "basic human rights" while in custody in Pakistan in 2004.

Such treatment had caused Amin to make confessions, which were not detailed in court, to British police on his arrest in February last year on arriving back in London, he added.

"His confessions in London were untrue. They were largely a repetition of what he had been facing (and) confessed in Pakistan during these 10 months," O'Connor said.

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