Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg walks free after ‘new evidence’ forces prosecutors to drop Syria terror charges

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested after traveling to Syria in 2012 on what he said was a humanitarian mission. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested after traveling to Syria in 2012 on what he said was a humanitarian mission. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg walked free from jail today after a string of terrorist charges linked to the civil war in Syria were dramatically dropped.

Asked how he felt about being released from the high security Belmarsh prison after seven months in custody, he told waiting reporters: ‘I wanted my day in court but I was very happy.’

The 45-year-old was formally acquitted just days before his trial was due to start at the Old Bailey after ‘new material’ emerged undermining the prosecution case.

Begg, who suffers from post traumatic stress, walked free from the high security Belmarsh jail.

When asked what he was going to do now, Mr Begg said: ‘I need to reconnect with my family again. I need to understand what it’s like to be a free man and I think that it’s important to point out some of the Government’s failures in its foreign policy and its internal policy – its clear demonising of the Muslim community.

‘And not once but twice in my case this Government has been involved either in directly detaining me or indirectly detaining me.’

Mr Begg told reporters that on both occasions he had been detained it was ‘unlawful’…

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