Ministers will today admit that Britain was involved in handing over terror suspects in Iraq to the US to fly to Afghanistan for interrogation.
Defence Secretary John Hutton was due to tell MPs of the two cases which are set to spark a huge new row over “extraordinary rendition”.
Ministers had previously denied that Britain has been involved in secretly sending terror suspects to countries where torture and other abuses are still widely believed to be used on detainees.
The admissions today are thought to seriously undermine the Government’s position. The Ministry of Defence refused to comment on the cases.
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However, it is thought that there was some ” mix- up” between British and American forces over who was detaining the two suspects, who were regarded as hardline al Qaeda terrorists.
US troops are said to have thought they were in their custody and then flew them to Afghanistan. The men, believed to be Pakistanis, are said to have been interviewed in their own language.
Andrew Dismore, chairman of Parliament’s joint committee on human rights, stressed he wanted to hear the details of Mr Hutton’s statement before commenting fully.