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MI5 accused of colluding in
torture of Britons in Pakistan
world, or even to acquiesce in
such treatment.
Last month it was disclosed
that eight men freed from US
custody at Guantanamo Bay
had issued writs against MI5
and the Secret Intelligence
Service, MI6, alleging they
were complicit in their illegal
detention and subsequent
abuse.
Officers of Britain’s MI5 Some of them appear to have
but that they were eventually A Home Office spokesman
domestic security agency are been taken interrogation
arrested on arrival in Britain told Passion Islam: “The
being accused of “outsourcing” in Rawalpindi, where they
after being placed aboard Government unreservedly
the torture of British citizens alleged being tortured before
aircraft and flown in without condemns the use of torture
to Pakistan’s Inter-Services being questioned by MI5.
extradition hearings. as a matter of fundamental
Intelligence agency (ISI) in an The Guardian quoted one
The accusation that MI5 is at principle and works hard
attempt to obtain information man from Manchester, saying
the very least turning a blind with its international partners
about terrorist plots. A number that in 2006 he was beaten,
eye to the torture of British to eradicate this abhorrent
of British terrorism suspects whipped, deprived of sleep
citizens is expected to surface practice worldwide. The
who have been arrested and had three fingernails
in a number of forthcoming Security and Intelligence
in Pakistan at the request slowly extracted by ISI agents
court cases, including the Agencies do not participate in,
of UK authorities say their at the Rawalpindi centre before
trial of the man who lost his solicit, encourage or condone
interrogation has convinced being interrogated by two MI5
fingernails and an appeal the use of torture or inhumane
them that MI5 colluded in the officers.
lodged by the man from Luton. or degrading treatment. For
mistreatment, the Guardian A second man, from Luton,
Under the UK’s Criminal Justice reasons both ethical and legal,
newspaper reported last alleged that two years earlier
Act 1988, it is an offence for their policy is not to carry
month. he was whipped, suspended
British officials to instigate out any action which they
“I am left with no doubt that, by his wrists and beaten, and
or consent to the inflicting of know would result in torture
at the very worst, the British threatened with an electric
“severe pain or suffering” on or inhuman or degrading
Security Service instigates the drill, possibly at the same
any person, anywhere in the treatment.”
illegal detention and torture torture centre.
of British citizens, and at the Both of the interrogations
very best turns a blind eye were linked with the questioning
to torture,” said Tayab Ali, of alleged associates in the
London-based lawyer for two UK by British police and led to
of the victims. some being charged.
The men were said to have The Guardian said no
given detailed accounts of their attempt was made to extradite
alleged ordeals at the hands of either man to be questioned
the ISI over the last four years. by police officers in the UK,
ant PW assion Islam
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