British spies cleared over alleged torture
By Adam Parris-Long | Yahoo! News – 35 minutes ago
Agents from MI5 and MI6 have been cleared after an investigation into the alleged torture of terror suspects.
Binyam Mohamed, found by the investigation to have been tortured without the complcity of British agents.
Two separate investigations were made by the Metropolitan Police into alleged complicity of torture that took place in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with further allegations made on rendition and torture of an individual in Libya.
Binyam Mohamed, now living in Britain, was found to have been subjected to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities" while he was held by troops in Morocco sometime between April 2002 and early 2004. Despite this finding and allegations made against MI5 and MI6 agents, the CPS has ruled that British agents were not complicit in Mr Mohamed’s mistreatment.
“The CPS has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove to the standard required in a criminal court that any identifiable individual provided information to the US authorities about Mr Mohamed or supplied questions for the US authorities to put to Mr Mohamed, or was party to doing so, at a time when he or she knew or ought to have known that there was a real or serious risk that Mr Mohamed would be exposed to ill treatment amounting to torture,” reads a joint CPS and Met statement.
“Against that background, it is not possible to bring criminal charges against an identifiable individual,” it adds.
Mr Mohamed’s claims were added to those of an unnamed individual who alleged that an MI6 agent aided and abetted torture after interviewing him at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in January 2002. This investigation was unable to “obtain access to, or take account from” the individual involved meaning that there was insufficient evidence to lead to any possible conviction.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has also launched an investigation into Abdul Hakim Belhaj’s claim that British operatives were complicit in his rendition to, and ill-treatment in Libya – a matter that was found to be “serious”.