The 21st Century Phenomenon



On 12/19/2007, three U.K citizens: Jamil El Banna, Omar Deghayes and Abdennour Sameur, were released from Guantanamo and send back to UK as a gesture to the Islamic Aid al-Adha feast marking the end of the Hadj’ to Mecca.

When they arrived to Luton Airport Jamil El Banna and Omar Deghayes were rearrested for terror charges while Abdennour Sameur was detained for further questioning.

All the three men are not British citizens and lived in UK on temporary status, before being detained at Guantanamo. All are married and have families in UK.

* Jamil El Banna, 45, a Palestinian and a London businessman, was granted refugee status in the UK in 2000. Jamil El Banna was arrested in Gambia, West Africa in 11/08/2002 with Bisher Al Rawi. Before boarding the plane to Gambia, at Gatwick, he was arrested under anti-Terrorist legislation and held in Paddington Green high security police station, for carrying a battery charger in his luggage.

Jamil El Banna was handed over to the CIA by the Gambian authority and kept in custody for few months in Afghanistan, probably in Wagram air base, North of Kabul, before being transferred to Guantanamo. He is suspected to be a middle man and a currier of some sort for Al Qaeda.  Jamil El Banna was arrested in UK, after his release from Guantanamo, on a European arrest warrant alleging terrorist related offences that was issued on behalf of the Spanish authorities.

* Omar Deghayes, 37,from Libyan descent,was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and handed over to USA. He lived near Brighton in southern England. Omar Deghayes was charged in UK on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Omar Deghayes’s father was a union organizer who was executed in Libya in the 70s’.

* Jamil El Banna, Bisher Al Rawi and Omar Deghayes were among about dozen of former Gitmo detainees that were compensated by the British authorities following a judicial settlement, on 11/15/2010 might (see – Gitmo Copensations ).

* Abdennour Sameur , 33, of Maple Avenue, Harrow, was granted asylum in the UK in 04/2000 after having fled from Algeria. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and handed over to USA. It is not clear if he was detained with Omar Deghayes or separately.  Abdennour Sameur is held by UK police for further questioning.

Jamil El Banna and Omar Deghayes were released on bail after 48 hours, on 12/22/2007.


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