Former FBI agent accused of torture should be arrested before he speaks at Henry Jackson Society event: CAGE

2018-06-06T11:09:47+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Press Release, Survivors, Torture|

London – The arrival of alleged torturer and former FBI agent Ali Soufan in the UK as a guest speaker of the right-wing Henry Jackson Society must prompt the Director of Public Prosecutions to act immediately, and arrest him on arrival.

A complaint has already been submitted in the UK, citing over 35,000 pages of evidence showing that Soufan was not only present during the torture of Qatari businessman Ali al-Marri on US soil, but may have even overseen it. The documents also name other US officials including members of the FBI. The complaint is being overseen by the War Crimes Unit at the Metropolitan Police.

In addition, a public petition calling on the DPP to arrest Soufan has gained thousands of signatures.

Moazzam Begg, Outreach Director of CAGE, said:

“It is now up to the DPP to live up to its obligations under international law and arrest Soufan to investigate the allegations made against him. People in power should no longer escape accountability – as has been illustrated in part by Theresa May’s apology to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar.”

“The Henry Jackson Society, have invited Soufan despite allegations of his complicity in torture which speaks volumes given that they are a known right-wing think tank responsible for advocating a deeply hostile approach to Muslims. The HJS boasts supporters and members who are known torture apologists, such as Douglas Murray. ”

“Soufan has marketed himself as an anti-torture advocate, but official logs recently released suggest otherwise. Any hesitancy to apprehend Soufan in line with the rule of law, will illustrate dire weaknesses and hypocrisy within the British justice system.”

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