British government tries to hush up torture

This video from Britain says about itself:

Report on the British High Court ruling (21 August 2008) that MI5 colluded in the illegal detention, torture and rendition of British resident Binyam Mohamed, currently detained in Guantanamo Bay.

From British daily The Guardian:

Ministers refuse to answer torture questions

Miliband and Smith snub human rights committee
• MPs want head of MI5 to explain conduct of officers

* Ian Cobain
* Saturday 28 February 2009

David Miliband and Jacqui Smith have both refused to appear before Parliament’s human rights committee to answer questions about allegations of British collusion in the torture of British citizens and residents detained during counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan.

In a move that dismayed members of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), a joint letter from the foreign secretary and home secretary is also said to have failed to answer any of the eight questions that the committee asked about legal provisions offering MI5 officers immunity in the UK for crimes committed overseas. The JCHR is now asking Jonathan Evans, the director-general of MI5, to appear before it to be questioned about the agency’s policy and the conduct of his officers.

MPs and peers on the committee are also expected to demand again that Miliband and Smith answer their questions, while its chairman, Andrew Dismore, says the ministers’ refusal may trigger demands for an independent inquiry into the allegations.

A short history of British torture: here.

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