'Britain was involved in al-Qaeda man's torture in Pakistan'

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London, Dec 1 (ANI): A Briton convicted of serious terrorism charges in the country has launched an appeal, saying that the UK was complicit in his torture in Pakistan.

Thiry-four-ear-old Rangzieb Ahmed from Greater Manchester has alleged that he was unlawfully detained in Pakistan where he was beaten and had fingernails removed with pliers, the Court of Appeal heard.

According to the BBC, Ahmed was jailed for life in 2008 after a lengthy investigation into a network of extremists stretching from Manchester to Pakistan. He was accused of linking British al-Qaeda member with commanders overseas.

However before he could return to the UK for trial, he was held for over a year in Pakistan.

The Court of Appeal heard the CIA was present when he was arrested and US agents visited him regularly during his 13-month detention.

According to Ahmed's lawyers, Britain's complicity in his torture in Pakistan meant his conviction should be avoided, the report said.

TheJoel Bennathan QC, told the court that his client was beaten and had three of his fingernails pulled out with pliers over the course of three days.

"We say the UK was complicit in these acts," Bennathan added. (ANI)

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