At the Commission meeting of Oct. 3, 2011, our presentation made this issue personal. NCSTN has been in touch with a couple in Italy, Abou El-Kassim Britel, and his wife Khadija Anna L. Pighizzini. Britel was an Italian citizen of Moroccan descent. (More biographical details here.) In 2002 Kassim Britel was arrested in Pakistan, tortured there by Pakistani and American agents, then flown on an Aero Gulfstream plane from Pakistan to Morocco. There he was jailed and tortured for nearly a year, released, then jailed again and held for nine more years. Yet he was never charged with a crime in the “war on terror.”
His readjustment efforts since his release have been difficult. One of the most difficult parts of it, according to his wife Anna, has been that his experience of imprisonment and torture without charge have not been acknowledged by any government involved.
NCSTN presented a summary of this experience to the Johnston County Commission, climaxing in the reading of a letter from Britel’s wife addressed directly to the seven Commissioners.
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