LONDON (Agencies) - Former Guantanamo detainee and spokesman for Cageprisoners, Moazzam Begg, has stressed on the right to fair trial in a court of law rather than rewriting existing laws for counter-terrorism purpose. Speaking at a news conference at the Foreign Press Association, Begg, who was one of nine British Muslims held in extra-judicial detention in Guantanamo Bay, said that the Habeas Corpus Act, a key protector of individual freedoms, was crucial to defining Britishness. Arrested in Islamabad in February 2002 by American CIA, Begg was released without charge on January 25, 2005. He said the fairness of the country, the right to claim asylum and seek refuge when suffering from persecution makes Britain extremely attractive to people from across the world. The 41-year-old former inmate argued that hundreds of years after the act was introduced, civil liberties are being eroded and the 28 days allowed to hold suspects in the UK remains the highest in Europe. In Binyam Mohammeds case, Begg said that the nature of the torture practices, and the fact that the authorities thought that they could get away with it were truly worrying. He added that British intelligence services were present at every point of his own detainment. Begg also highlighted the huge conflict of interest in the British Police investigating the British intelligence service. He agreed with former Prime Minister Tony Blairbs commonly quoted statement that terrorism must not force us to change our way of life. However, with subsequent counter-terrorism legislation this is exactly what has happened, he said while emphasising the need to retain traditional British values and laws. Since his release, Begg has become a well-known commentator on issues pertaining to the Muslim community in the UK and its anti-terror measures both domestic and worldwide.