Inquiry demanded into terror suspect’s torture
Ministers were facing demands last night to hold a public inquiry into revelations that the security services knew a terror suspect from Britain had been tortured by the CIA.
Senior judges ordered the Government to publish previously secret parts of a court document that showed Binyam Mohamed, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, had been shackled, threatened and continuously deprived of sleep by his interrogators.
But it emerged yesterday that the judges had cut out even more damning parts of the judgment which said that M15 operated in a culture of suppression and disregard for human rights. The cuts were requested by lawyers for David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary.
The judgment was published after Mr Miliband suffered a humiliating rebuff to his attempts to censor the court papers detailing the treatment meted out to Mr Mohamed while he was held by the Americans in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Secretary argued that disclosing the details would undermine the trust between Britain and America over sharing of intelligence material crucial to the “war on terror”.
But the Court of Appeal dismissed his argument.
Upholding a previous court ruling, it ordered that the information should be published on the grounds that it had already emerged in an American court.
Delivering the ruling, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said publishing the material would “not do the slightest damage to the public interest”.
The previously redacted seven paragraphs were a summary by British judges of the intelligence received about the treatment of Mr Mohamed, who was referred to in the court papers as BM.
Mr Mohammed, who is 31, is an Ethiopian who was granted refugee status in Britain in 1994. He was arrested in 2002 in Pakistan on suspicion of being involved with terrorism and questioned by US and UK agents. He was “rendered” to Morocco and Afghanistan and sent to Guantanamo Bay two years later.
He was released last year and, on his return to Britain, launched a legal action against the Government, claiming that UK officers were complicit in his ill-treatment. Jacqui Smith, when she was Home Secretary, referred the claims to police.