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Mahmud Abu Rideh (Detainee 004)

<P> <P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Nationality: <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Palestinian<?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Marital Status: <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Married, 5 children <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date of Arrest:&nbsp;<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">17/12/2001 <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><STRONG style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location of Arrest:</SPAN></STRONG><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">London</st1:City></st1:place></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><STRONG style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Cage Prisoners Profile:</SPAN></STRONG></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><A href="http://www.cageprisoners.com/prisoners.php?id=1269" target=_blank><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">http://www.cageprisoners.com/prisoners.php?id=1269 </SPAN></STRONG></A></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Status: <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Control Orders <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <DIV style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0cm; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0cm; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0cm; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-element: para-border-div; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .5pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0cm; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0cm; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0cm; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0cm; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; tab-stops: 156.05pt; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 0cm 1.0pt 0cm"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <P class=style83style84 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Terror Suspect Reveals The Daily Misery of Life Under Control Order<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></STRONG></P> <P class=style83 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; tab-stops: 156.05pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><STRONG><FONT color=#ff0000><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="COLOR: #000000"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><STRONG><FONT color=#ff0000><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><FONT size=2>By Robert Verkaik, The Independent </FONT></FONT></FONT></STRONG></SPAN></SPAN></FONT></FONT></FONT></STRONG></SPAN></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT color=#333333><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><STRONG>Esra Abu Rideh</STRONG></SPAN> is just like any other nine-year-old tomboy growing up in west <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">London</st1:City></st1:place> . Her favourite game is playing football in the garden with her three brothers, and she claims to be <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Chelsea</st1:City></st1:place> 's biggest fan. </FONT></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>But in the past 12 months Esra's life has become terrifyingly different to every other child living in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Britain</st1:country-region></st1:place> . </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Her home has been raided by the police at least 30 times, friends are too afraid to visit because their parents have to first surrender their passports to Home Office officials, and now Esra has been banned from using the internet. It is this last deprivation that causes Esra and her sister, Nadeen, 10, the most anxiety: "How can we do our homework properly - all the other kids get help on the internet but we have to write it all out from our heads. Why do we have to suffer like this? What have we done?" </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>The answer to Esra's question is simple. She happens to be the daughter of Mahmoud Abu Rideh, a man the British Government has identified as someone with links to international terrorism. But in the five years since the allegation was first made he has not been allowed to see a single piece of incriminatory evidence. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Neither, say his lawyers, has he been interrogated by the security services about any of the allegations. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Mahmoud Abu Rideh, 34, was born in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jordan</st1:place></st1:country-region> to Palestinian refugee parents. He came to the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">UK</st1:place></st1:country-region> in January 1995, and in 1998 was granted refugee status after he showed that he had been tortured by the Jordanian security services. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>He has always maintained that he has no links to any terrorist groups and all his activities have based around charity work. But in 2001, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region></st1:place> , Mr Abu Rideh was one of 17 men rounded up by police and imprisoned without trial. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Separated from his wife and five children, the conditions of his incarceration triggered flashbacks of his torture in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Jordan</st1:country-region></st1:place> , and he suffered post-traumatic stress. Soon afterwards he made at least three attempts to kill himself before he was transferred to Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital in <st1:place w:st="on">Berkshire</st1:place> . </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Then in December last year, the House of Lords, in a historic judgment, ruled that indefinite detention was in breach of the men's human rights. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Last year Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, responded to that judgment by releasing nine of the men and then placing them under house arrest. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>For Mahmoud abu Rideh it has proved to be a draconian measure that has been made worse because it also punishes his wife and five children. The terms of the control order with which he must comply means that he is not allowed to leave his home between 7pm and 7am, and each night he must telephone a special number between 3am and 4am. Failure to do so will trigger a police raid. "This is a very terrible thing. I have to go to bed with five alarm clocks, but because I am on medication for my mental health problems I sometimes don't wake up." </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>He says that in the past year he has slept through the alarms 30 times. "Then the police come banging on the door, wearing armour to stop knives. They rush in the house and tell me I have broken the control order. I tell them that I was so much asleep that my wife couldn't even wake me, but they still say I am going back to prison and I will never see my children again. They are all the time playing games with my mind."</FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT color=#333333><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>Nadeen says the arrival of the police in the middle of the night is a terrifying experience. "They come in and search our rooms and turn over the bedclothes and look in the drawers." </FONT></FONT></FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Nadeen only has questions now. "Why is Tony Blair doing this to my Dad? Why doesn't he leave him alone? What has he done to him? I don't want to live in this country any more - I want to go to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Palestine</st1:place></st1:City> where at least I will be safe." </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Mr Abu Rideh says he has asked the Government to allow him to return to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Palestine</st1:place></st1:City> but he hasn't received a reply. Last week he thought he was about to be free from this nightmare when the conditions of his house arrest were due to be lifted. But on Friday he was approached by officers who served him with another year's extension to his order. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>"I thought I was free but it looks like the hell will continue," he said. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>In his desperation to find help he visited the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday and sat in the Commons' public gallery during a debate. The Labour peer Lord Ahmed escorted Mr Abu Rideh during part of his visit. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Lord Ahmed said he offered to see Mr Abu Rideh in his office in the House of Lords after meeting him at Regent's Park Mosque. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Mr Abu Rideh said: "I don't want to embarrass Lord Ahmed. but I have no choice. I have to speak to anyone who might be able to help. I just want to help my family. All Tony Blair has to do is let us leave this country for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Palestine</st1:City></st1:place> . Why can't he do that?" </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><STRONG><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>Abu Rideh's background </FONT></SPAN></STRONG></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 1972: Mahmoud Abu Rideh born to stateless Palestinian parents in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Jordan</st1:country-region></st1:place> . </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 1995 Comes to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Britain</st1:country-region></st1:place> and claims asylum. He told officials he had been imprisoned in his homeland "because I am religious and I pray". </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 1996 Immigration officials refuse to grant him asylum. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 1998 Granted indefinite leave to remain in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">UK</st1:country-region></st1:place> . </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 2001 Arrested on 19 December by anti-terrorist police, accused of being involved in fundraising and distribution of money for terror groups linked to al-Qai'da. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>After his arrest, Mr Abu Rideh was held at Belmarsh prison in south-east <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">London</st1:City></st1:place> . </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 2002 July Transferred to Broadmoor hospital (above). </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 2005 January Granted bail by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. </FONT></P> <P class=style82 style="MARGIN: auto 0cm; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color=#333333 size=2>* 2005 March Home Secretary signed his control order to put him under house arrest. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN class=style821><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><FONT color=#333333><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">* 2006 March Control order is extended for another year.</FONT></FONT></SPAN></SPAN></P>