Family deny al-Harith received £1 million compensation from British government
The family of Jamal al-Harith reportedly killed in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq have denied he received £1 million compensation from the British government.
The former Guantanamo Bay detainee from Manchester was identified from a photograph issued by Islamic State showing him at the wheel of a truck packed with explosives which he was said to have driven into a military base near Mosul.
Reports that al-Harith had received a substantial compensation payment from the UK government after ministers lobbied to secure his release from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 sparked a furious political blame game.
However the family said they believed the claimed figure of £1 million was wide of the mark and referred to a group settlement made to four ex-detainees – including al-Harith.
They blamed his treatment at Guantanamo Bay, where he was held by the United States for his subsequent involvement with IS.
The family said: The Jamal they knew up until 2001 when he was taken to Guantanamo Bay would not have become involved with a despicable organisation such as the Islamic State.
They claim that he was a peaceful and gentle person. Whatever he may or may not have done since then they believe from their own experience he was utterly changed by the physical and mental cruelty and the inhuman treatment he endured for two years at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.