Wife claims terror suspect husband was tortured

29th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Wife claims terror suspect husband was tortured

29 August 2007

LONDON - The British wife of a terror suspect imprisoned in Spain claims he has been tortured during his 19-month detention.

Moroccan-born Mohammed Fahsi is accused of belonging to a group which sent fighters to Iraq. He was arrested in Spain in January 2006.

The BBC reported his wife Khadija Podd says Mr Fahsi and his friends were tortured for four days when they first went behind bars.

Spain's Department of Prisons said it was surprised to hear the allegations and would investigate.

Primary school teacher Khadija Podd, from Nottingham, now also has the help of a high profile lawyer involved in Guantanamo Bay cases.

Mohammed Fashi was arrested in Spain in 2006

Mrs Podd converted to Islam 11 years ago. The couple met in Spain, have been married for 10 years and have three children.

Mohammed Fahsi became a British resident almost two years ago and planned to live in Nottingham before his arrest at the flat they were living in near Barcelona.

He claims for the first five days of his detention he was denied any contact with anyone.

His wife said Mr Fahsi's written torture report, which Amnesty International had asked her to get hold of, included sleep deprivation, beatings, sexual innuendo, threats against his family, being blindfolded the whole time and not being allowed to rest or to sit down for a single minute.

She added: "If there was any evidence of my husband being involved in terrorist activities, I would divorce him and I would start my life again.

"As yet, I honestly have not been presented with any evidence that would link my husband to any kind of terrorist organisation, including the one that they claim he's a member of. And I also have not seen any evidence he was sending anyone to Iraq or anyone else."

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Subject: Spanish news

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