(London, UK) British intelligence services have been accused of complicity in the torture of a British citizen currently held in Ethiopia, but who also received harassment years before his imprisonment.
Ali Adorus was arrested and then detained while on a family visit to Ethiopia in 2013 . According to a petition submitted to the United Nations High Commission by his lawyer he has since been on the receiving end of abuse by Ethiopian authorities which includes electrocution, hooding and beatings.
This case was brought to light because of an investigation by human rights group CAGE  reported in today’s Independent .
Mr Adorus was also forced to sign a confession in Amharic – a language he does not know – that was based on information that could only have come from British intelligence sources.
Ali Adorus who possibly faces the death penalty in Ethiopia has been denied medical care by Ethiopian authorities despite the serious risk of testicular cancer recurrence. Even though British authorities in Ethiopia are aware of his plight, little, if any meaningful action has been taken.
Asim Qureshi, Research Director of CAGE said: "The case of Ali Adorus shows a worrying pattern of victims of MI5 harassment in the UK being detained and tortured overseas. "
"Sadly, the facts of the case show that the UK has failed to protect him from torture despite his deteriorating health and his multiple appeals for help. More worrying is the fact that the British seem to have provided information to the Ethiopians torturers, a complete breach of our government's international obligations."
1. Ali Adorus’s full story can be read here: https://cage.ngo/article/harassed-mi5-tortured-briton-now-facing-death-penalty-ethiopia
2. CAGE (formerly known as CagePrisoners) is an independent advocacy organisation that works to empower communities affected by the War on Terror and to highlight abuses of due process.
3. The article can be seen here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-uk-intelligence-services-accused-of-complicity-in-torture-of-british-citizen-9593165.html
4. CAGE’s report regarding the targetting and profiling of people from or travelling to the Horn of Africa can be read here: http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/reports/item/108-the-horn-of-africa-inquisition-the-latest-profile-in-the-war-on-terror
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