Britain: Who knew what about the kidnap, rendition and torture of terror suspects?

Written by CP Editor Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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Are the UK intelligence services immune from prosecution?


It certainly seems so in the eyes of some who heard that the Crown prosecution service will not be charging individual MI5 and MI6 officers for their alleged complicity in the detention and interrogation of Guantanamo detainees. 


In addition, the UK police have another investigation on their hands. It was announced that they are to investigate claims that UK secret services helped in the rendition of men to Libya. 


Two Libyans who were part of the anti-Gaddafi movement are threatening to sue the UK over their transfer to Libya and subsequent torture. The new investigations may delay a government inquiry into rendition. 


Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a commander of the rebel forces in Libya, says he was tortured after being arrested in 2004. He says he was taken from Bangkok to Libya by a joint CIA and MI6 operation which was set up to help Col Muammar Gaddafi round up his enemies. 


In the second Libyan case, Sami al-Saadi has made similar allegations of British collusion in rendition. Meanwhile, Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, who has investigated rendition said: "We want to get to the bottom of this, not just on grounds of justice or ethical considerations, but because this whole saga has threatened to make Britain less safe." 


Of course this all puts the spotlight back on the Blair Government and who knew what - will former government ministers face charges of any kind? It is obvious the scandal will not go away and despite compensation awards made to the ex-Guantanamo detainees in the UK, the men have pledged to fight on for justice. 

Source: PressTV

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