“My fear is great…I am facing death – if I go to Algeria I will die and make trouble to myself and my family. When we were in Long Lartin Prison under deportation, there were guys who couldn’t stand being in prison, because of their families and things like that, and they were obliged to sign and go. They gave them the guarantee that they would be safe in Algeria, but when they went to Algeria it is completely the opposite. One of them I remember, I cannot use names, but he is now facing eight years in prison in Algeria, and one of them three years. So for me they can kill me now or I can kill myself – that is better for me than to go to Algeria. It is impossible for me to go to Algeria.”
Detainee GWritten by CP Editor Thursday, 08 October 2009
G is disabled as a result of suffering polio as a child.
G was one of 12 foreign nationals detained in Belmarsh prison.
G was put in a ‘prison within a prison’ in Belmarsh with a minimum of 22 hours in his cell. He suffered a nervous breakdown.
He was released under a 24 hour curfew – the first to be given bail.
Due partly to the lack of physiotherapy in Belmarsh, G had to leave in a wheel-chair compared to when he walked into Belmarsh.
G was granted bail again in October 2005, but was confined to his flat for 24 hours a day with no visitors, phone or internet connection and tagged.
Five years of captivity left G desperate to leave the UK, but unable to return to Algeria because of the fear of danger to his family.
The Home Office maintains G has nothing to worry about despite Algeria’s proven torture policy.
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