I am pleased that Binyam Mohamed has today returned to the UK following his release from Guantanamo Bay. This is the direct result of our request for his release and return, and follows intensive negotations with the US Government. Mr Mohamed was accompanied by FCO officials, officers of the Metropolitan police and the doctor who visited him at Guantanamo Bay last week. We have been in touch with Mr Mohamed’s family and legal representatives to inform them of his return.
The UK Government requested the release and return of all former legal UK residents detained at Guantanamo Bay in August 2007. In reaching this decision we have paid full consideration to the need to maintain national security and the Government’s overriding responsibilities in this regard. (FCO Press Release, February 23, 2009)
See also FCO Press Release, February 20, 2009