When Sandy Mitchell was arrested for his alleged involvement in two bombings in Saudi Arabia in December 2000, he thought it was a case of mistaken identity and that he would soon be released. Instead, he spent nearly three years in jail, where he was repeatedly tortured before being forced to sign a confession and admit his guilt on Saudi television. Throughout his incarceration the Saudi authorities knew that the attacks had been committed by al-Qaeda militants. Yet they kept Mitchell in jail and refused him access to a lawyer for a year. By this time he had been sentenced to death but he was eventually released before the penalty could be imposed. "Saudi Babylon" is the story of a shocking miscarriage of justice. But, it also reveals an even more disturbing truth: how the British government, mindful of multi-billion-pound arms sales to Saudi Arabia, virtually abandoned Mitchell by adopting a softly-softly diplomatic approach to the corrupt Saudi royal family.
Based on diaries and records of meetings with ministers and officials, this is a powerful expose of how the British government acts when one of its citizens is illegally imprisoned and tortured by a regime with which it does business.
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Author Biography - Sandy Mitchell
Mark Hollingsworth is an investigative journalist and author of several books, notably Defending the Realm, MPs for Hire and Thatcher's Fortunes. Sandy Mitchell was jailed in Saudi Arabia for his alleged role in a series of bomb attacks that began in 2000. He was granted clemency in 2003.