Britain to give details of secret service torture probe

6th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain is set to announce details Tuesday of an inquiry into allegations its security services were complicit in the torture of suspected violent extremists abroad.

"This will be a comprehensive statement which is intended to both deal with the legacy issues and deal with the past and also provide clarity for the security services to enable them to get on with their job," Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said.

Cameron's coalition government, which took power in May, has already indicated it wanted to hold the inquiry, which has also been backed by human rights organisations like Amnesty International.

The announcement to parliament will give details of how the judicial probe will operate.

It could lead to compensation for victims and is likely to look at cases including that of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born British resident who spent time in Afghanistan in 2001 before being detained in Pakistan the following year, says he was interrogated there by an officer from security service MI5 whose role was to support US interrogators.

He was later transferred to Morocco, where he alleges he was tortured by local officers who asked him questions supplied by British agents. He claims to have been tortured in "medieval" ways.

Mohamed won a legal bid in February which forced a British court to disclose details of his mistreatment by American agents, in the face of resistance from London and Washington.

© 2010 AFP

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