The last Britons held as terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are now back in the UK. The men – one from Birmingham and three from London – have spent nearly three years in US custody, without charge. Allegedly captured in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the men had been accused by the United States of having links to al-Qaeda.
Feroz Abbasi, Richard Belmar, Moazzam Begg and Martin Mubanga now face questioning by British police, despite calls from their families and lawyers for their immediate release.
The United States agreed to the men’s release after what were described as “complex talks” with London. Britain has reportedly provided so-called “security guarantees” to Washington, although it is not known what these are. Amnesty International has welcome the release of the men, which it described as “long overdue”. Five other Britons were freed from Guantanamo last year and were released without charge after they had been questioned by police in Britain.