AZZAM NEWS 02 AUGUST,2002
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AZZAM NEWS FOR AUGUST 2,2002
1) British Woman Journalist Who was Held by Taliban Embraces Islam
Kabul (Azzam): According to recent information, British journalist Yvonne
Ridley who was arrested and held during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan,
has now embraced Islam after studying the Holy Quran. She went to
Afghanistan illegally a few days prior to US attacks.
Taliban police arrested her when she was trying to enter the tribal
regions of Pakistan via unusual paths in Jalalabad province's Door Rubaya
district. She was initially held in Jalalabad and later shifted to Kabul.
Immediately after her release and arrival in Pakistan, when asked by a
massive crowd of journalists about her treatment by the Taliban, she said
they were like brothers. On her return to England while speaking to the
BBC, Yvonne Ridley said that she had not seen such noble, brave and
straight forward men like the Taliban throughout her life. All of the men
were men of their words, she added. The articles she wrote describing her
eleven days in Taliban custody were published in all the leading
newspapers of the world. '11 Days in the Prison of the Taliban' is a book
that has so far sold millions of copies around the world and is a proof of
the justice and sincerity of the Taliban.
2) Arrest and Holding of Suspected Muslim British Citizens without Charges
is Illegal Says British Immigration Appeal Commission
London (Azzam): The British Immigration Appeal Commission has termed the
arrest of several Muslim British citizens under the Anti-Terrorism Act as
illegal. According to the British newspaper, the Guardian, under the
British anti terrorism act of 2001, the UK government can hold anyone who
is not a British citizen on the basis of suspicion and can investigate him
or her. The British government set up this law after the 9/11 attacks and
several individuals were arrested as suspects allegedly having hidden
links with Al-Qaida.
The Appeal Commission in its statement said that arresting British Muslim
citizens according to the same law and on the same principles is illegal,
because this law is only applicable to those who are not British. The
Commission also blamed the British government for illegally holding these
arrested Muslim citizens and not charging them. Despite this, they are
still being held secretly in high security holding facilities. It must be
noted among those arrested and held under this anti-terrorism act are nine
British Muslims accused of having links with Al-Qaida.
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