Argus steps up detainee campaign

By Lou Thomas

The
campaign run by The Argus, Brighton, to free a local man from the
Guantanamo Bay detention centre is expected to be stepped up as the
reporter who started it plans to go to Tony Blair with dossiers of
information.

Omar Deghayes, a 36-year-old law graduate, has been held in solitary confinement for three years without trial.

Earlier
this year The Argus delivered a dossier with statements from MPs, 200
campaign coupons and 200 letters of support, in addition to newspaper
coverage of the campaign, to Home Secretary Charles Clarke.

Argus
reporter Miriam Wells said: “I’ve been preparing more dossiers to send
out to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and to Mr Blair – we are going to
go to the Prime Minister, hopefully this week.”

Wells said that
Straw had met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She added:
“He told our MP, Des Turner, that when he met Rice in October she said
she was sympathetic to the problem of the British residents and that
they should come home.

“It is Tony Blair who has got to help because he can actually do something.”

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