Clive Stafford Smith will describe new evidence of UK complicity in torture at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing tomorrow
May 19, 2009
Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith will give evidence at the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Inquiry on Human Rights, which begins tomorrow.
The inquiry’s first evidence session, which is open to the public, will be held in the Grimond Room at Portcullis House, Westminster at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 20th May.
Mr Stafford Smith will detail how British security agents directed an undercover informant – known as the ‘Muslim 007’ – to try to convince Mr Mohamed to turn informant in order to end his torture in Morocco.
Far from the Americans keeping the British in the dark concerning Mr Mohamed’s whereabouts for two years, this evidence will suggest that Britain’s involvement in the ‘medieval’ treatment of the former Guantánamo prisoner goes far deeper than previously admitted.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is expected to appear before the same inquiry in June to respond to the MPs inquiries, filed a new application in court on Friday seeking to suppress a summary of the CIA and British intelligence documents that describe some of Mr Mohamed’s ordeal.
“We welcome the Committee’s interest,” said Stafford Smith. “This is a parliamentary body that has the power to compel witnesses to attend, and there are a various civil servants who need to come to answer some pointed questions about who knew what and when, and whether official public statements made to date have been economical with the truth.”
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Notes for Editors:
Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives. Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.
Reprieve’s current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror.’
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