Friday, 29 June 2018 05:02

CALL FOR JUDGE-LED INQUIRY ON RENDITION FOLLOWING DAMNING REPORT

"SERIOUS QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ANSWERED ON UK INVOLVEMENT"
SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Stephen Gethins MP, has renewed calls for a comprehensive judge-led inquiry into UK involvement in the rendition and mistreatment of detainees - after a damning new report by MPs.
The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has outlined serious concerns that the UK government "tolerated" and "took" "inexcusable actions", and concluded it was "beyond doubt" that the UK knew "at an early stage" that the US and others mistreated detainees.
The Committee found that the UK had paid to outsource rendition to countries where detainees could have been subject to "the real risk of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment", suggested, planned and agreed to other rendition operations, and provided intelligence to enable rendition operations to take place. 
On the mistreatment of detainees, the Committee found cases where UK personnel had verbally threatened mistreatment, been party to mistreatment administered by others, witnessed or been informed of mistreatment, and cases where UK personnel had continued to supply questions or intelligence to liaison services after they knew about, or suspected, mistreatment.
Commenting, Stephen Gethins MP said:
"It is now clear beyond doubt that there must be a comprehensive and independent judge-led inquiry into the full extent of UK involvement in the rendition and mistreatment of detainees.
"The damning report from the Intelligence and Security Committee shows that the UK was undeniably involved in planning and supporting rendition operations, and even paid to outsource rendition to countries where there was a substantial risk of torture, or cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment.
"It is also clear that the UK was aware of the appalling mistreatment of detainees by the US and others but continued to support interrogation, and provide intelligence, regardless - tolerating and contributing to these utterly inexcusable human rights abuses.
"We know that senior Labour politicians were misleading when they claimed that the UK was not involved in rendition - but the highly restricted nature of the ISC investigation has not allowed officials and former government ministers to be properly examined, and serious questions now remain.
"The SNP has been calling for a full inquiry into UK involvement in rendition for well over a decade. We have waited long enough for the UK government to come clean - it is now time to demand answers."

The Intelligence and Security Committee report can be found at: http://isc.independent.gov.uk/
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