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UK government orders torture inquiry

UK government orders torture inquiry
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Britain will investigate whether its security services knew about the torture of terrorism suspects on foreign soil and may compensate some detainees.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “About a dozen cases have been brought in court about the actions of UK personnel including, for example, that since 9/11 they may have witnessed mistreatment such as the use of hoods and shackles. This has led to allegations that Britain may have been complicit in the mistreatment of detainees.”

The most notorious case concerns Binyam Mohamed who returned home to Britain from Guantanamo Bay in February last year.

The Ethiopian-born UK resident claims he was tortured in Afghanistan and in Morocco, alleging British agents were aware of the abuse and provided questions to his interrogators.