British Court Orders Release Of Documents Showing Torture By US
Britain says it’s suppressing information to preserve its intelligence-gathering relationship with the United States, but a UK court says that information should be made public.
The document contains a seven-paragraph summary of the treatment that Binyam Mohamed (above) received in 2002 after being detained as a suspected terrorist. Mohamed, 31, a British resident, alleges that he was subjected to torture, including beatings and sexual mutilation, by interrogators in Pakistan and elsewhere with the full knowledge of American and British intelligence agents. The high court ruled that the secret synopsis, which had been blacked out in previous court filings, had no intelligence value and could be released.
Rather, the judges wrote, “the public interest in making the paragraphs public is overwhelming,” because the summary could shed light on illegal activities carried out by the U.S. and British governments.
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