British Military Intelligence implicated in 15 new torture cases

March 28th, 2009 - 12:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Gordon Brown London, Mar 28 (ANI): British security and intelligence officers have expressed their concerns over the mistreatment of detained terror suspects, interviewed while in US custody abroad.

Military Intelligence-Section 5 (MI5) and Military Intelligence-Section 6 (MI6) recently set up an inquiry to look into the allegations.

The senior officials in MI5 and MI6 have revealed 15 similar cases in which individuals under US control were interrogated by British officers, The Telegraph reported.

It raises the prospect of a series of criminal investigations into the security and intelligence services and is likely to add pressure from some quarters for a full inquiry into the allegations.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has already ordered a review of procedures.

During the investigations of these 15 cases, the British officers followed the terms of the Geneva Conventions and found out that in several cases, the plea of the suspects was not entertained.

Earlier this week, the paper reported that the police, in the first investigation of its type, launched a criminal inquiry into allegations made by a detainee Binyam Mohamed that MI5 was aware he was being tortured in a secret prison and that British officers fed questions to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Mohamed, along with many others were captured during 2002 and 2004, when officers were interrogating a large number of terrorist suspects captured during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq

In view of the case being surrounded with “highly sensitive material”, Attorney General Baroness Scotland asked the Scotland Yard to investigate further. (ANI)

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