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Paddy Ashdown 'horrified' at Paratrooper Troubles torture claims

Government urged to probe 'torture'

The former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, who served as a soldier in Belfast, has said he was horrified at claims torture, including waterboarding, was used in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

It comes as Amnesty International called on the Government to investigate new allegations of torture in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Channel 4 News broadcast details of a number of cases of torture - including electrocution and waterboarding - by Paratroopers in 1972.

It also published what it says is a secret Government memo showing that the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath knew about the alleged torture.

Amnesty NI programme director Patrick Corrigan said the claims merit a full investigation. He added: "The allegations against the UK are extremely grave: that they tortured their own citizens, and that this was known about and covered up at the highest levels of government.

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"Over four decades after torture in Northern Ireland was first exposed by Amnesty International and others, the UK authorities have still never conducted a proper investigation into the abuse and no-one, not the people who carried out the abuse, nor the people who authorised it, has ever been held accountable before the law."

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