British, Pakistani spies in ‘torture collusion’: report

February 22nd, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 22 (IANS) A forthcoming human rights report says British agents colluded with their Pakistani counterparts in the routine torture of British - and Pakistani - terror suspects, a newspaper reported Sunday.
A study to be published next month by the civil liberties group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says at least 10 Britons are identified who have been allegedly tortured in Pakistan and subsequently questioned by British intelligence officials, the Observer said.

The rights report warns that more British cases may surface and that the issue of Pakistani terrorism suspects interrogated by British agents is likely to “run much deeper”.

Ali Dayan Hasan of the HRW said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, the Intelligence Bureau and the military security services had provided “confirmation and information” relating to British collusion in the interrogation of terror suspects.

“What the research suggests is that these are not incidents involving one particular rogue officer or two, but rather an array of individuals involved over a period of several years,” the Observer quoted Hasan as saying.

“The issue is not just British complicity in the torture of British citizens, it is the issue of British complicity in the torture - period.

“We know of at least 10 cases, but the complicity probably runs much deeper because it involves a series of terrorism suspects who are Pakistani. This is the heart of the matter,” Hasan added.

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