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‘Prove UK is not complicit in torture’, MPs demand

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Cheryl W. Thompson
London Independent
Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ministers must prove that Britain is not complicit in the torture of terror suspects, a hard-hitting Commons report demands today.

The Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) challenges the Government to provide details of investigations it has held into allegations made by former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The committee’s report is the second in a week from Parliament to demand more government transparency over torture and extraordinary rendition. Earlier, the Joint Committee on Human Rights called for an independent inquiry into the UK’s role.

Ministers have issued repeated denials of involvement in torture, but there is a row over the definition of what amounts to “complicity”. The FAC warns that the use of information gleaned from torture could amount to complicity. The Government has kept to its line that Britain does not “engage in, collude with or condone” torture, but steers clear of the word “complicity”.

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