Family of Guantanamo detainee files lawsuit against Kenya government

[JURIST] The family of Kenyan Guantanamo Bay  detainee Mohamed Abdulmalik has filed a lawsuit against the Kenyan government claiming that he was illegally detained, tortured, and rendered to US authorities. The suit seeks Abdulmalik’s return to Kenya and USD $30 million in damages. Abdulmalik was originally arrested by the Kenyan Anti-terrorism Police Unit in Mombassa in 2007 in connection with the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel ] and a failed attempt  to shoot down an Israeli charter plane. He was then taken into US custody and eventually transfered to Guantanamo where he allegedly confessed to the crimes, although his Combatant Status Review Tribunal report is still classified. British human rights group Reprieve, which has helped Abdulmalik’s family, stated that the case points out the illegal means by which detainees have ended up in Guantanamo. Kenyan authorities deny arresting Abdulmalik, whom they claim is not a Kenyan citizen, and handing him over to the US military.

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