The ban on publishing the name of detainee Reda Dendani - formerly know as "detainee Q" - has been lifted at his own
request. Reda will attend his hearing on 12 January at SIAC (the Special Immigration Appeals Commission) in London.
Here's Reda's story, in his own words.
HMP Long Lartin
I shall start this letter by announcing that I refuse to be called "Q" any more. I am Reda Dendani, 31, Algerian national,
married and have a step daughter of 7. Iíve been living in the UK since 1998 as an asylum seeker. Calling me "Q" was
not designed by the Home Office to protect me from the public. It was the opposite in fact. Labelling me like an object
concealed the human being I am and facilitated the grip of allegations from the Home Office in the media.
The Home Office issued me with a deportation order 16 months ago on 11.8.05. This was after I had spent two and a
half years in Woodhill and Belmarsh prisons, then freed on control orders after the House of Lords made my detention
illegal under the Anti Terrorism Act 2001 on December 2004.
Basically the Home Office regards me as a suspected terrorist, a threat to national security, a dangerous man - my
presence in the UK is not conducive to the public goodÖÖ. These are big words, very shocking and frightening Ė well
designed for the media but not supported by any proof or evidence Ė just allegations! This has destroyed my life. I
would have been prosecuted if a fraction of what was alleged was true, as I was for a far lesser offence on which I
pleaded guilty. This is to say there are enough laws to face any criminal in the UK but if you cannot prosecute
someone it is simply because he is innocent and as such must be free to go.
Iíve paid for the offence enough; it hurts when you read on the bottom of the Home Office letters "Building a Safe, Just
and Tolerant Society" or under the logo of the Treasury Solicitors, "Law at the Heart of Government".
The Home Office has forgotten these guidelines and trespassed its limits by ordering my detention in a high security
prison against my will without any charge. This illegal detention has been a problem and still is for the prison because
of no clear status where all other prisoners are convicted and me and other foreigners are not.
The Home Office, in a move which is the mother of all hypocrisy, is offering me a way to appeal against its decision
through a special court called SIAC. It is enough to read what Amnesty Internationalís 2006 report has said about the
UK and it human rights in this SIAC. Iím not allowed to know and therefore to cross examine what is held against me. A
madness Ė a crazy situation. I'm fighting a ghost. Whatever I say there is always closed sessions where I'm not
allowed in nor my solicitor. This is an affront to the fundamental justice system.
Because of this, I've stopped resisting my deportation. Better for me to face Algerian authorities Ė more straightforward
than this Chinese torture made in UK. I've signed all the necessary papers for this deportation. Iíve seen both the UK
representative and his Algerian counterpart in the prison I'm held in. This was 9 months ago on 24.3.06. The new crazy
thing is Iím still in prison in the UK. It is such nonsense that Iíve taken the Home Office to court to force it to proceed
with the deportation. I thought because it was High Court not "SIAC" I will see justice done. My problem is now very
simple. The Home Office wants to deport me to Algeria and I accept to be deported to Algeria. My case was dismissed
on 3.10.06 and the court reserved its reasons for the decision.
What is going on? If this is not a Police State, what is one? A foreigner in this country is a synonym for a criminal; a
second class citizen. The facts speak for themselves and changing the name of things or giving them the cover of the
law doesn't changes their reality. That is: Iím a HOSTAGE in this country. I'm held against my will. I'm in UK's version
Prove me wrong!
Mr Reda Dendani