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Britain Conspiring to Ditch Renditions

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TEHRAN, May 18 (ICANA) – British MPs have denounced a decision by the inquiry into Britain's complicity in torture during the Iraq war not to investigate whether UK troops handed suspects to the US for interrogation.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 8:35:23 PM
Britain Conspiring to Ditch Renditions

The MPs said the decision contradicts claims made by Prime Minister David Cameron that the inquiry would examine all the issues, when he ordered the probe last year, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the report, the probe will not look at the issue of detainees being transferred between forces fighting in Iraq and elsewhere - known as 'extraordinary rendition'.

This included “whether Britain was implicated in the improper treatment of detainees held by other countries”, said the report.

“To hold an inquiry into rendition without fully addressing detainee transfers is only doing half the job”, said Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on extraordinary rendition.

Sir Peter Gibson, chairman of the UK Detainee Inquiry, had written to MP Tyrie to tell him that “military detention operations should not be one of its key themes”.

“Allegations relating to military detention operations post-2003 are being covered under separate arrangements by the Ministry of Defence,” he added.

The MoD had originally denied accusations that its forces had been complicit in U.S. rendition, and that any such transfers involving the UK had taken place.

However, ministers were forced, two years ago, to admit that two detainees captured by British troops in Iraq and handed to the US in 2004 had subsequently been transferred to the US base of Bagram in Afghanistan.

“We do not know how this was allowed to happen, if other instances have similarly slipped through the net, nor if the procedures in place are sufficient to prevent this from happening in the future”, said Tyrie.

Human rights campaigners had hoped the inquiry would uncover other rendition cases.

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