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Former Guantanamo detainee begins UK passport fight

Robert Carter
Press TV, London

Is the British Home Office abusing its powers to deny a former Guantanamo Bay detainee his citizenship rights?That is the accusation being made by CAGE's Outreach Director, Moazzem Begg, who announced he's taking legal in the hope of winning back his passport.

Moazzem is a British human rights defender who was made famous when he was detained and tortured by the US in Afghanistan's notorious Bagram prison and Guantanamo Bay between 2002 to 2005.

Ever since his return to the UK, Begg's passport has been seized 3 times in just 8 years. The latest being in September last year.

Begg has been accused of support for extremist groups in the past over his aid and investigative work in war zones such as Syria and Afghanistan, but was always found to be innocent.

The Home Office has yet to publicly comment on the this latest passport matter.

This battle will be more significant than ever as No.10 is currently trying to gift itself new powers to remove people citizenship with the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill. Many critics fear, if given the power, this government can't be trusted to wield them fairly.

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