Former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg will be visiting Edinburgh on Friday. He will be taking part in a public meeting entitled entitled Look Behind the Wire, being held on June 20 from 6pm at St John’s Church on Princes Street. The meeting is part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, a two-week long programme of events marking the anniversary of the massive Make Poverty History demonstration held in Edinburgh in early July 2005 at the time of the G8 Summit at Gleneagles.
Moazzam Begg will be in conversation with campaigning lawyer Aamer Anwar, who is currently facing contempt of court charges over statements he made last year on behalf of a client who had been convicted of offences under terrorist legislation. The audience will be encouraged to put their own questions and views to the pair. The meeting is open to everyone and admission is free.
The case of Londoner Binyam Mohamed (a refugee from Ethiopia) is expected to receive particular attention at the meeting. Binyam Mohamed is still being held at Guantanamo Bay. He faces trial by a “military commission” – if convicted he could face the death penalty.