Criminal or gullible?
When Uzair Paracha graduated from IBA, with a business degree, majoring in marketing, only two things were on his mind. He wanted to marry his girlfriend, and take over the family business. February, 2003, 23-year old Uzair Paracha, while on business trip to the United States of America, was held by intelligence personnel and charged with terrorist conspiracy and assumed links to al-Qaeda. According to him, he was subjected to 72 hours of interrogation and torture, until his resolve broke and he relented to the FBI, telling them exactly what they wanted to hear. His confession is a product of fear and harassment.
From then on, his life has been a nightmare. Uzair Paracha who previously weighed 170 lbs, his frame has shrunk to a measly 114lbs. He is held in solitary confinement in a room that is approximately 6 feet by 8 feet, at Guantanamo Bay, which has the light on, 24 hours, a day.
Uzair upon his father’s request and his inherent naivet√©, checked the immigration status for a friend of a friend, Majid Khan. That was his crime, because Majid Khan was a suspected al-Qaeda’s ally. That fatal call to the INS caused his arrest for posing as an al-Qaeda operative. A jury charged Uzair guilty of terrorism charges for helping al-Qaeda’s man to slip into the US.
“Uzair Paracha is one of approximately fifty material witnesses who have been detained indefinitely in the United States in the past 2 years. He has since been charged on five counts, for providing material support to al-Qaeda, for which he has put in a plea of not guilty. His detention is a violation of amendments VI and VIII of the Bill of Rights, and Articles V-XI of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights most notably Article IX which states, “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”.
Civil liberties groups have expressed their concerns about the highly coercive conditions such material witnesses have been subjected to, to the extent that, as a result of such interrogations, “they end up confessing to activities they never really took part in” (Michael Greenberger, director of the Centre for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland School of Law). We remind you of the number of cases recently where such detainees have confessed to crimes they did not commit, only for their innocence to later be proven, most notably the case of Egyptian student, Abdallah Higazy. ”
His girlfriend is married and his father also in confinement, the family is fast losing hope to achieve justice.