Britain compensates Guantanamo detainees

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Britain said Tuesday it had agreed a settlement with 16 former Guantanamo Bay detainees who claim British agents colluded in their torture overseas, but insisted this was no admission of guilt.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke did not reveal the amount settled nor the identity of those involved, but media reports suggest it stretches to millions of pounds (dollars) and includes former prisoner Binyam Mohamed.

"I can today inform the House (of Commons) that the government has now agreed a mediated settlement of the civil damages claims brought by detainees held at Guantanamo Bay," Clarke told lawmakers.

Although the details of the agreement are subject to a confidentiality agreement, he said: "No admissions of culpability have been made in settling these cases and nor have any of the claimants withdrawn their allegations."

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