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MI5 ‘misled MPs during torture inquiry’

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Robert Verkaik
London Independent
Saturday, August 8, 2009

MI5 faces claims that it misled MPs during a parliamentary investigation into Britain’s complicity in torture and rendition during the “war on terror”.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which oversees the work of the security service, MI5, has been asked to reopen a report it concluded two years ago following damning findings about the activities of secret agents in Pakistan, Morocco and London.

Human rights lawyers have written to Kim Howells MP, the chairman of the ISC, setting out what they say are glaring omissions in evidence provided by MI5 in relation to the detention and torture of the British resident Binyam Mohamed.

Last week it emerged in the High Court that the security service fed questions to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) while they must have have known Mr Mohamed was being illegally held in Morocco. Judges in the High Court said that a security service officer who had interviewed Mr Mohamed in Pakistan had also visited Morocco during his detention and alleged torture. MI5 has admitted feeding questions to the CIA, but has always maintained it did not know where Mr Mohamed was being held.

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