MI5 and MI6 have identified at least 15 cases of possible complicity by British officers in the torture or mistreatment of terror suspects following the case of the Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.
Inquiries have revealed British security and intelligence officers have raised concerns about the treatment of several detainees, interviewed while in US custody abroad.
Earlier this week, in the first investigation of its type, police launched a criminal inquiry into allegations made by Mr Mohamed that MI5 was aware he was being tortured in a secret prison and that British officers fed questions to the CIA.
Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, asked Scotland Yard to investigate following a review of “highly sensitive” material surrounding the case.
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But senior officials in both MI5 and MI6 have reviewed their files and fear that 15 similar cases could also lead to police investigations.
It raises the prospect of a series of criminal investigations into the security and intelligence services and will add to pressure from some quarters for a full inquiry into the allegations. Gordon Brown has already ordered a review of procedures.
The 15 individuals, thought to include British and foreign nationals, were all interrogated under US control by British officers keen to acquire intelligence that could reveal plans for attacks in Britain.