Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Must Have the Truth about Torture

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Must Have the Truth about Torture

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THE Government's announcement of an inquiry into British complicity in torture is long overdue. Now it is essential that the judge-led inquiry is thorough and that its lessons are learned by the security services.

Central to this decision is the case of Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian resident in the UK who claims that he was taken to Morocco and tortured following his arrest in Pakistan, en route from Afghanistan, in 2002. He claims that MI5 agents were present at torture sessions, and that information used by American interrogators could only have come from British sources. The previous government always denied this, maintaining that the UK does not condone or have any involvement in torture.

Yet the denials of former Foreign Secretary David Miliband and others have unravelled as more evidence emerged. It is well established that CIA "extraordinary rendition" flights, carrying prisoners to be tortured in allies such as Afghanistan and Egypt, touched down regularly in the UK. …

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