Friday, November 2, 2007

Sandy Mitchell: Secrets of a kingdom which tortured me to hide the truth

by Sandy Mitchell from The Yorkshire Post

I am one of six British nationals tortured and falsely imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for 32 months between 2000 and 2003. I was accused of being a British spy and a terrorist, and forced under torture to confess to carrying out a series of bombings in Riyadh that killed and injured other Britons, which turned out to be the work of the Saudis' own domestic terrorists who were targeting Westerners. ... The Saudis knew we were innocent because the bombings continued after they extracted and televised our edited confessions to the world. I was sentenced to death, but Saudi terrorists bombed a Western compound in 2003 that killed 32 people, and injured hundreds more, while we were in custody. Saudi Arabia eventually conceded they had a problem with Islamic militants killing foreigners. Yet, rather than release us straight away, they insisted on striking a deal in which we were exchanged for five Saudi militants arrested in Afghanistan who were being held in Guantanamo Bay.

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