Faiz Mohammed Baluch and Nawabzada Hyrbiyar Marri

Monitoring UK 'terror' raids and trials.

Faiz Mohammed Baluch and Nawabzada Hyrbiyar Marri

Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

05 Dec 2007, 11:51 #1

Two men held on terrorism charges

Two men have been arrested over alleged terrorism offences, Scotland Yard said.

Officers detained the men, aged 25 and 39, on suspicion of the "commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism" under the Terrorism Act.

Police say the arrests came after raids at two separate homes in north-west and west London early on Tuesday morning.

The allegations are reportedly related to offences being planned overseas. The men are being held in custody at a London police station.
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Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

10 Dec 2007, 11:29 #2

Rashid Rauf:
http://z13.invisionfree.com/julyseventh ... p=13180220
European Parliament protests arrest of Baloch nationalists
Malaysia Sun
Sunday 9th December, 2007 

British authorities have been criticised by the European Parliament as well as human rights activists and accused of plotting a 'prisoner swap' with Pakistan after the mysterious arrest this week of two London-based nationalists from the oil-rich province of Balochistan.

The two men, Faiz Mohammed Baluch and Nawabzada Hyrbiyar Marri, were held under the Terrorism Act following raids in London Tuesday morning, sparking condemnations by the high-profile British rights activist Peter Tatchell and the Strasbourg- and Brussels-based European Parliament.

And, according to Lakhumal Luhana, a Baloch human rights campaigner in London, the arrests were part of a plan to exchange the two men for Rashid Rauf, a suspected Islamic terrorist who is being held in Pakistan and is wanted by Britain.

Britain and Pakistan are claimed to be in secret talks for the extradition of 26-year-old Rauf, a suspect in an alleged plot to blow up US-bound passenger planes with liquid explosives in August last year.

Rauf, who is from the city of Birmingham and is a dual citizen of Britain and Pakistan, was arrested in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, in August 2006 - a month after Britain put an organisation known as the Baluchistan Liberation Army in its list of banned terrorist groups.

Although charges against him in Pakistan were dropped in December 2006, British newspapers reported in April this year that Pakistan was prepared to extradite Rauf in exchange for eight suspected members of the Baluchistan Liberation Army.

Islamabad says the eight men are involved in low-intensity insurgency in Balochistan, a remote and insurgency-prone Pakistani province that is said to be rich in oil and natural gas deposits.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said Rauf is expected to be extradited in the next few weeks but that Britain has become increasingly frustrated by Pakistan's insistence on arresting Baloch nationalists.

It said Pakistan has held back intelligence vital to Britain's counter-terrorism effort and co-operation with the campaign in neighbouring Afghanistan on the grounds that Britain must first arrest Baloch activists suspected of being involved in insurgency.

The two men arrested in London are being detained on suspicion of the 'commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,' according to the police.

But Luhana said: 'This is a prisoner swap. We have asked the British not to succumb to pressure and to support the Baloch, a secular force in Pakistan.'

Meanwhile, members of the European Parliament, an elected body that meets in Strasbourg and Brussels, criticised Pakistan at an urgent meeting held Wednesday for what they described as Islamabad's 'illegal and indirect ways to pressurise and curb Baloch human rights workers living outside Pakistan.'

MEPs claimed Pakistan was 'making forged police cases against Balochis living abroad', and urged British authorities not to hand over the two arrested men to the Pakistani Army.

British human rights activist Peter Tatchell said the pair was lawful campaigners for Baloch independence, and feared the two men could be sentenced to death if extradited to Pakistan.

'I urge the British government to not give in to pressure from the Pakistani dictator, President (Pervez) Musharraf,' he said. 'The extradition of these men would result in their arrest, torture, imprisonment and possible execution.

'The Pakistani authorities have repeatedly sought to frame peaceful nationalists and human rights campaigners, both inside Baluchistan and abroad. These arrests are likely to have been at the request of the Pakistan government, which has long been seeking the extradition of Baluch nationalists exiled in London,' Tatchell added.

The British High Commission in Islamabad has denied reports of a prisoner-swap. Reports said Britain will find it difficult to extradite Baloch nationalists as Pakistan regularly imposes the death penalty.

�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

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11 Dec 2007, 00:35 #3

Pair Facing Terror Charges

Updated:23:47, Monday December 10, 2007

Two men have been charged with jointly inciting others to commit an act of terrorism "wholly or partly outside the UK", under the Terrorism Act.

Faiz Baluch, 25, of Wembley, north London, and Hyrbyair Marri, 39, of Ealing, west London, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The two men were campaigners for human rights in a troubled province of Pakistan, a fellow activist said previously.

Peter Tatchell said the pair were lawful supporters of the independence movement in Baluchistan, a vast region bordering Afghanistan and Iran in the southwest of the country.

The men were charged by officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.

They are charged with jointly inciting another person to commit an act of terrorism, wholly or partly outside the UK which would, if committed in England and Wales, constitute murder.

The charges relate to a period "on or before December 4" is contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

Marri is also charged under the the Firearms Act 1968 that on December 4 he had a weapon "designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing".

Police confirmed that two men, aged 25 and 39, arrested at separate addresses in northwest London and west London on December 4, remain in custody at a central London police station.

The weapon could be a water pistol surely? I wonder if this is the first time this part of the Act has been used against anyone in the UK? It seems to me that there are a lot of 'firsts' which of course set precedent. Noticeably it is a charge for 'inciting another person'.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

11 Dec 2007, 14:07 #4

Foreign Office accused of swap deal over terror suspects

Sandra Laville
Tuesday December 11, 2007
The Guardian

Two men wanted in Pakistan for alleged terrorist activity have been charged in London under the Terrorism Act as part of what human rights campaigners claim is a secret deal between the two countries.

Faiz Baluch, 25, of north London and Hyrbyair Marri, 39, of west London, were charged with inciting another person to commit an act of terrorism "wholly or partly outside the UK". A Scotland Yard statement said they were due to appear at City of Westminster magistrates court this morning. Marri is also charged with possessing a weapon capable of discharging a noxious liquid, gas or other substance, police said.

The Guardian revealed this year that the Foreign Office was engaged in behind the scenes discussions with Pakistani officials in an effort to secure the extradition of Rashid Rauf, a 26-year-old Briton held in a high security prison in Pakistan.

Rauf, from Birmingham, is wanted in connection with an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners in the summer of 2006. He is considered a key suspect by senior counter-terrorism officers. But the Pakistanis demanded that Rauf be swapped for people living in the UK who they claim are involved in an uprising in the oil-rich western province of Baluchistan.Two of these men, Marri Baluch, were arrested last week in London.

The Pakistani authorities have dropped charges against Rauf, allowing the British to seek his extradition.

Supporters of the two Baluchi nationalists believe a secret deal has been made between the two countries. They warned that the men would be tortured and imprisoned if returned to Pakistan.

Mehran Baluch, Marri's brother, claimed the arrest came two weeks after the Pakistani authorities killed another brother, Balach Marri, in Baluchistan. "This seems like no coincidence but a planned conspiracy and collaboration by the two governments."

Baluch said President Pervez Musharraf's envoy, Tariq Azim, had recently visited the UK as part of collaboration between the two countries on the war on terror.

The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "If these men are extradited they will never get a fair trial and they could face a death sentence.

"The Pakistan authorities have repeatedly framed peaceful nationalists and human rights campaigners, both inside Baluchistan and abroad."

Earlier this year lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service flew to Islamabad to help the Pakistani authorities prepare extradition papers for up to eight Baluchi nationalists living in the UK. Rauf's arrest in August last year by Pakistan's security services sparked a series of raids in Britain linked to an alleged attempt to blow up transatlantic airliners, over which 15 people have been charged.

Rauf is also wanted by West Midlands police in connection with the murder of a relative.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Joined: 19 Dec 2006, 15:26

11 Dec 2007, 20:41 #5

October 2006 - Pakistan's Baluch insurgency: A sophisticated armed fight for a province’s autonomy (Selig S Harrison, Le Monde Diplomatique, link). Examines the history of the Baluch independence struggle following recent troubles in the resource rich province and the assassination of an opposition leader in August. Ben Hayes comments:

    "Barely an eyebrow was raised when the Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) was proscribed as a "terrorist organisation" by the UK government in July 2006 [see below]. The upshot of this "quid pro quo" - a direct reward for General Musharraf's support of the US-UK "war on terror" - is that Britain has decreed as "terrorism" another complex struggle against the repression of legitimate demands for autonomy. Instead of pressing Musharraf for a political settlement with the minorities, as some EU officials have done, Britain and the US have backed him with political support and F16s".

John Reid added the BLA to the list of proscribed organisations on 17 July 2006

The response from the Government of Baluchistan in exile is here

See also Akbar Bugti and Mir Balaach Marri

Joined: 24 Jan 2006, 22:57

21 Dec 2007, 12:31 #6


Two friends of human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell are to face an Old Bailey trial next year for inciting terror in Pakistan. Faiz Baluch, 25, and Hyrbyair Marri, 39, are both said to be supporters of a Pakistani group responsible for 145 soldiers being killed last year.

In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, "just to keep the people frightened." -- George Orwell, 1984

Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

03 Feb 2008, 21:45 #7

Crushing dissent
Peter Tatchell

The arrest in London of exiled Baluch human rights activists looks like a bid by Musharraf to frame his opponents and silence critics

February 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Printable version

A former MP and government minister from Pakistan-occupied Baluchistan, Hyrbyair Marri, has been languishing in Belmarsh prison for the last two months. He was arrested at his west London home in early December on charges of plotting terrorist acts abroad (it is assumed in Pakistan). His next pre-trial hearing is today at the central criminal court.

Marri was minister for construction and works in the provincial assembly of Baluchistan from 1997 to 1998.

Baluch leaders and Pakistani opposition figures believe the charges against him are without substance and have condemned Marri's arrest and imprisonment. They claim that the Pakistani dictator, President Pervez Musharraf, has a vendetta against the Marri family, who are leading nationalists in the province of Baluchistan - a formerly independent nation that was invaded and annexed by Pakistan in 1948. They cite leaks that Musharraf has privately vowed to crush the Baluch self-determination movement and destroy its leaders. They also highlight the fact that the Pakistani authorities have been pressing the British government to arrest and extradite Marri and several other Baluch nationalists who live in London.

Their claims seem to have some credibility. Marri's arrest in London two months ago came just two weeks after the Pakistani authorities assassinated his brother, Balaach Marri. His murder was strongly condemned by opposition leaders such as Imran Khan and the late Benazir Bhutto.

Marri's other brother, Mehran Baluch, who also lives in the UK and is the Baluch representative to the UN human rights council, was last year the subject of a top-secret extradition bid by Pakistan, on charges that critics have condemned as trumped up.

The actions of the Musharraf regime against these three brothers look like a systematic attempt to target the family and crush three major voices of Baluch dissent. What is particularly shaming is that the UK government appears to be colluding with this plot by the despots in Islamabad.

Marri's arrest in London also coincided with a major Pakistani military offensive against Baluchistan, which has included the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas using US-supplied fighter jets and other weapons small arms, some of which may have been supplied by Britain. The Labour government is aiding the Pakistani tyrant; authorising the sale of the military hardware that he uses to sustain his dictatorship and suppress his own people.

Hundreds of innocent Baluch civilians have been killed in Musharraf's scorched-earth military campaign. Thousands more people have been detained without trial or forced to flee their homes to escape Musharraf's terror tactics.

Earlier this week, I spoke to the chair of the human rights commission of Pakistan, Asma Jahangir. She confirmed the apparent attacks on civilian areas; saying she visited the site of a supposed rebel military camp that was blasted to pieces by the Pakistan army and air force. Littering the ground, she said, were domestic artefacts, civilian clothing and children's toys.

Marri has been charged alongside another Baluch human rights activist, Faiz Baluch, of north London.

I know both the detained men. They are Baluchistan nationalists and human rights activists. We worked together to expose Pakistan's persecution of the Baluch people and to support the broader struggle for democracy in Pakistan. The defendants never expressed to me any support or sympathy for terrorism. All our campaigns have been lawful and peaceful. I would be very surprised if either man was involved in any terror plot. Marri is a member of one of the most distinguished and esteemed Baluch families. He is a rather unlikely terrorist.

It is my opinion that these terror charges are likely to have resulted from pressure by the Musharraf regime. We know that Musharraf has been pressing Britain for the extradition of Baluch nationalists exiled in London.

Britain and Pakistan have been in secret negotiations for a prisoner-swap deal. The UK police want to extradite terror suspect Rashid Rauf from Pakistan. They are keen to question him in connection with the 2006 plot to blow up transatlantic airliners.

In exchange for handing over Rauf to the UK, the Pakistani government is demanding the extradition from Britain of Baluch nationalists.

Late last year, however, after the UK government failed to extradite Mehran Baluch, Rauf, a high security prisoner, mysteriously escaped from police custody in Pakistan.

Despite their carelessness, Musharraf's men are still pressing for the Baluch nationalists to be handed over. If Marri and Baluch are extradited, they will never get a fair trial and will face torture, imprisonment and probable execution.

Astonishingly, our government, in our name, is colluding with a bloody dictator like Musharraf. Gordon Brown should refuse to give in to pressure and blackmail by the Pakistani dictatorship. He should publicly reject requests for the arrest and extradition of Baluch leaders and activists, and cease supplying military aid to the tyrant in Islamabad.
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