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Passion Islam I March 2010 NEWS I 3
Britain in fresh legal
row over ‘torture’
The British government is facing a
fresh legal action by human rights
group, Reprieve, over guidelines for
secret agents on how to interrogate
prisoners held overseas.
In a statement to the high court,
The legal defense charity said
ministers “failed adequately to ensure
that UK intelligence personnel refrain
from acts and omissions amounting to
complicity in torture.”
The organization, which represents
several former Guantanamo Bay
detainees, says unpublished guidance
from 2002 and 2004 is unlawful
because it condones complicity in
against the prime minister, home suing the government for its role in
Reprieve also cited a lack of
secretary, foreign secretary, defense their alleged mistreatment.
government response over the
secretary and attorney general. A judge must now give the green
mounting accusation of MI5 and MI6
This is while ministers and officials light for a hearing to go ahead on the
complicity in the mistreatment of
have been haunted by accusations basis of Reprieve’s application.
prisoners as a reason for taking the
that the country’s secret service knew If the permission is granted, there
cases to court.
about the torture of detainees by US could be a court hearing within three
The legal proceedings will be agents, with seven British already to six months.
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