A British citizen whose family believe he is being tortured by American secret agents has suddenly had all his rights as a UK national removed by the Home Secretary.
Mahdi Hashi – who MI5 once tried to recruit as a spy – has been deprived of his British passport, denied access to consular assistance and may never return to Britain. He is thought to be being held in an African prison.
It may well be that the law gives Theresa May the right to strip a British citizen of that citizenship.
But it shouldn’t. They work for us and by definition a citizen is one of us.
He’s been a naughty boy? Try him and put him in jail. But he’s still one of us.
Shit, we used to send gunboats out to kill Johnny Foreigner when they forgot this vital point (Don Pacifico anyone?).
The Home Secretary has just shat on the very concept of civil liberty.