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AG announces criminal investigation into torture

The Attorney General has announced a criminal investigation into actions of the UK Secret Services

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27 March 2009

Leigh Day & Co welcomes the announcement today by Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, that a criminal investigation will take place into criminal wrong-doing on the part of the UK Secret Services and their involvement in the torture and mistreatment of Binyam Mohamed.

The referral of the case to the Attorney General arose after Leigh Day took the Foreign Secretary to Court to force disclosure of evidence held by the Government which corroborated Mr Mohamed’s account of his unlawful detention, rendition and torture. As the depth of the UK’s involvement in these criminal acts became clearer during the course of the court case, the Government was left with no option but to refer the case to the Attorney General for a decision on a full criminal investigation.

Having reviewed the evidence and consulted with the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General has now referred the case to the Metropolitan Police to instigate a full criminal investigation.

Richard Stein commented: “The Attorney General has finally announced that there will be a full investigation into the criminal acts allegedly committed by British Secret Services. Realistically this was the only conclusion she could properly have reached. Mr Mohamed and the wider public must now await the outcome of the police investigation. It will be extremely interesting to see how far up the chain of command into senior UK government ranks the complicity in these most serious crimes extends. Just where will the buck stop for the actions of the Government which had such appalling consequences for Mr Mohamed?”

For more information please contact Jamie Beagent on 020 7650 1200.

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