By Chris Marsden in Britain:
British secret service chief justifies torture
21 October 2009
With efforts by the Labour government to suppress evidence of collusion with the United States threatened with collapse, the head of Britain’s secret service, MI5, last week made a public defence of the use of torture to obtain evidence against alleged terrorists.
MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans spoke at Bristol University on October 15, even as Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Lloyd Jones were preparing to issue a judgment on whether the Labour government should release a CIA briefing detailing the 2002 interrogation of British resident Binyam Mohamed.
The Times of London noted that Evans’s statements could be interpreted as commenting on a case that was sub judice. One MI5 officer, known as Witness B, is currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police for “possible criminal wrongdoing.”
Ethiopian-born Mohamed was arrested in Pakistan, rendered to Morocco and then detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He was released in February without charge and is suing the British government on the grounds that MI5 was complicit in his torture.
The Court of Appeal has rejected the government’s last-ditch attempts to suppress seven paragraphs from a previous court judgement relating to the kidnap and torture of Binyam Mohamed: here. And here.
British judges: MI5 complicit in torture: here.
Head of MI5 Jonathan Evans may have been personally involved in British complicity in the torture of Binyam Mohamed, a leading civil rights lawyer has suggested: here.
British collusion in Irish loyalist atrocities: here.