Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
So much for hopes of an impartial inquiry, if the following is true. Are we to believe that three separate countries, if not more, were accidentally outsourcing torture to middle eastern gulags?
There were reports at the weekend, sourced to the Foreign Office, suggesting that the inquiry would examine only one case — that of Binyam Mohamed — and that Cameron had already concluded that the country’s intelligence agencies were guilty only of errors of omission, not commission.
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Patrick Wintour, Ian Cobain, The Guardian
June 29, 2010
Judge-led investigation would examine claims of British complicity in abuse and rendition of terrorism suspects
David Cameron and the foreign secretary, William Hague, are understood to have agreed the terms of a judge-led inquiry into claims that British security services were complicit in torture of terrorism suspects.
The inquiry is expected to offer compensation in cases, where necessary, and is likely to be held in private. A judge-led inquiry or commission may have the advantage of bringing together the 13 separate compensation cases currently going through the courts.
Those cases are leading to complex demands for the disclosure of documents that the intelligence services may not welcome, and are finding difficult to control. Some of the litigants have demanded an inquiry as part of their civil claims.
Cameron is understood to have discussed the issue in recent days with President Obama, but no decision is expected very shortly.
While some in Whitehall have said no inquiry can be held while so many alleged victims of torture and rendition are suing the government, most legal experts believe it is possible.