MI5 'complicit in Briton's torture'

Hillingdon Times: Mr Adorus' lawyers have petitioned the United Nations over the case Mr Adorus' lawyers have petitioned the United Nations over the case

UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed.

Ali Adorus, who has lived in the UK since he was a child, could face the death penalty if he is found guilty of terrorism offences in his ongoing trial in Ethiopia.

His lawyer, Toby Cadman, has sent a petition to the United Nations demanding action over his treatment, which is claimed to have included electric shocks and beatings.

Mr Cadman said: "We are asking them to act urgently because we believe that his ill health, both as a result of an existing condition and the torture, mean that his life is at risk.

"He was diagnosed with testicular cancer and is in remission but he is now suffering from serious kidney pain which is an indicator potentially of a return of the cancer."

Requests for him to be examined by an independent doctor have been ignored.

The legal team claim that security guard Mr Adorus was "harassed" by British security services before he travelled to Ethiopia, and that MI5 was complicit in his mistreatment.

" The reason why we allege that the UK may be complicit in his torture is because there were very clear statements in his confession statements that we believe came from British intelligence," Mr Cadman said.

"We believe that he was subject to harassment by the intelligence authorities before he travelled to Ethiopia and there is an allegation there was involvement by MI5 in his arrest and subsequent interrogation, in that they would have had to provide the Ethiopians with the information that they had.

"We know that he had, as many young Muslim men in this country are, been subject to various tactics of intimidation and harassment by the authorities here. We can't say whether there was any reliable information to say that he was concerned with any proscribed groups, we would certain resist any such assertions."

The married father-of-one was arrested in January 2013 and was left without any access to lawyers or contact with his family for 20 weeks.

Mr Cadman claimed the UK Foreign Office has failed to do anything to help Mr Adorus, who was born in Ethiopia but moved to the UK as a child.

He added: " They've done nothing. They've requested that the Ethiopian authorities have initiated an investigation (into the torture claims) and when they have not done so they haven't pressed them."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesman confirmed the detention of a British national in Ethiopia.

He added: "We are providing consular assistance.

"The FCO takes all allegations of mistreatment and torture seriously and will raise them with the local authorities if the individual gives their permission."

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8:24pm Wed 9 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

No sympathy whatsoever.
No sympathy whatsoever. stevo!!
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10:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

varteg1 says...

Ignoring the bulk of the report, I picked up one one comment...this guiy has been in the UK since he was 10, but still cannot speak English.....

......UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed........

This seems to be a thread that runs right through the whole immigration matter. it seems so many come here, remain for decades yet are still unable to string a coupe of English words together, usually it comes down to the 'protected' females, who get little chance to mix with the community around them apart from those from their own national origins.

Recently we have had the dangers of Muslim faith schools demanding their kids sit separately, and tutoring them in Arabic and Urdu, the indigenous population gets branded racist and anti Islamic, when it complains about the failure to integrate, thereby stoking up radicalism especially in the youngsters who almost never mingle with the local people, but I object when this chap is called a Briton, without the ability to even speak the language he remains what he was when he arrived...a Somali.... and within the confines of his culture and religion,so he will remain until he dies or leaves.
Ignoring the bulk of the report, I picked up one one comment...this guiy has been in the UK since he was 10, but still cannot speak English..... ......UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed........ This seems to be a thread that runs right through the whole immigration matter. it seems so many come here, remain for decades yet are still unable to string a coupe of English words together, usually it comes down to the 'protected' females, who get little chance to mix with the community around them apart from those from their own national origins. Recently we have had the dangers of Muslim faith schools demanding their kids sit separately, and tutoring them in Arabic and Urdu, the indigenous population gets branded racist and anti Islamic, when it complains about the failure to integrate, thereby stoking up radicalism especially in the youngsters who almost never mingle with the local people, but I object when this chap is called a Briton, without the ability to even speak the language he remains what he was when he arrived...a Somali.... and within the confines of his culture and religion,so he will remain until he dies or leaves. varteg1
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10:11pm Wed 9 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

varteg1 wrote:
Ignoring the bulk of the report, I picked up one one comment...this guiy has been in the UK since he was 10, but still cannot speak English.....

......UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed........

This seems to be a thread that runs right through the whole immigration matter. it seems so many come here, remain for decades yet are still unable to string a coupe of English words together, usually it comes down to the 'protected' females, who get little chance to mix with the community around them apart from those from their own national origins.

Recently we have had the dangers of Muslim faith schools demanding their kids sit separately, and tutoring them in Arabic and Urdu, the indigenous population gets branded racist and anti Islamic, when it complains about the failure to integrate, thereby stoking up radicalism especially in the youngsters who almost never mingle with the local people, but I object when this chap is called a Briton, without the ability to even speak the language he remains what he was when he arrived...a Somali.... and within the confines of his culture and religion,so he will remain until he dies or leaves.
To be fair, we aren't told which language was used.

However, I agree with your general points about these people.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Ignoring the bulk of the report, I picked up one one comment...this guiy has been in the UK since he was 10, but still cannot speak English..... ......UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed........ This seems to be a thread that runs right through the whole immigration matter. it seems so many come here, remain for decades yet are still unable to string a coupe of English words together, usually it comes down to the 'protected' females, who get little chance to mix with the community around them apart from those from their own national origins. Recently we have had the dangers of Muslim faith schools demanding their kids sit separately, and tutoring them in Arabic and Urdu, the indigenous population gets branded racist and anti Islamic, when it complains about the failure to integrate, thereby stoking up radicalism especially in the youngsters who almost never mingle with the local people, but I object when this chap is called a Briton, without the ability to even speak the language he remains what he was when he arrived...a Somali.... and within the confines of his culture and religion,so he will remain until he dies or leaves.[/p][/quote]To be fair, we aren't told which language was used. However, I agree with your general points about these people. stevo!!
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11:24pm Wed 9 Jul 14

mouthalmighty says...

varteg1 wrote:
Ignoring the bulk of the report, I picked up one one comment...this guiy has been in the UK since he was 10, but still cannot speak English.....

......UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed........

This seems to be a thread that runs right through the whole immigration matter. it seems so many come here, remain for decades yet are still unable to string a coupe of English words together, usually it comes down to the 'protected' females, who get little chance to mix with the community around them apart from those from their own national origins.

Recently we have had the dangers of Muslim faith schools demanding their kids sit separately, and tutoring them in Arabic and Urdu, the indigenous population gets branded racist and anti Islamic, when it complains about the failure to integrate, thereby stoking up radicalism especially in the youngsters who almost never mingle with the local people, but I object when this chap is called a Briton, without the ability to even speak the language he remains what he was when he arrived...a Somali.... and within the confines of his culture and religion,so he will remain until he dies or leaves.
You need to re read the report.
The report gives no age of when he entered this country other than he was a child. Nor does the report say that he cannot speak english. The guy was working a job that required him to speak and read english. I do understand though, the purpose of your comment was to inflame prejudices and discomfort of all readers.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Ignoring the bulk of the report, I picked up one one comment...this guiy has been in the UK since he was 10, but still cannot speak English..... ......UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been claimed........ This seems to be a thread that runs right through the whole immigration matter. it seems so many come here, remain for decades yet are still unable to string a coupe of English words together, usually it comes down to the 'protected' females, who get little chance to mix with the community around them apart from those from their own national origins. Recently we have had the dangers of Muslim faith schools demanding their kids sit separately, and tutoring them in Arabic and Urdu, the indigenous population gets branded racist and anti Islamic, when it complains about the failure to integrate, thereby stoking up radicalism especially in the youngsters who almost never mingle with the local people, but I object when this chap is called a Briton, without the ability to even speak the language he remains what he was when he arrived...a Somali.... and within the confines of his culture and religion,so he will remain until he dies or leaves.[/p][/quote]You need to re read the report. The report gives no age of when he entered this country other than he was a child. Nor does the report say that he cannot speak english. The guy was working a job that required him to speak and read english. I do understand though, the purpose of your comment was to inflame prejudices and discomfort of all readers. mouthalmighty
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