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MI5 chief denies staff withheld detainee file

The head of MI5 last night denied that his staff had withheld documents relating to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed from the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee.

Committee chairman Kim Howells said MI5 director-general Jonathan Evans had assured him that no documents relating to Mr Mohamed's treatment by the US authorities had been held back from the committee.

Documents released on Wednesday by the Appeal Court in London suggested one of the UK's most senior judges, the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, had criticised MI5 for having “deliberately misled” the committee. But in a statement with Michael Mates, the senior Conservative on the committee, Dr Howells said: “The director-general has confirmed to us this evening that no document concerning Binyam Mohamed and his treatment by the US authorities has been withheld from us.”

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