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USA: Terrorism

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the US Government requesting the disqualification of evidence extracted by torture in the trial of 9/11 suspects. (205055)

The Military Commissions Act, the US legislation which applies to the Military Commissions designed to try “unlawful enemy combatants” held at Guantanamo Bay, mandates that evidence obtained under torture is inadmissible. Admissibility of evidence in practice will be for the Military Commissions themselves to determine with respect to the individual cases brought. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has raised concerns about the implementation of the Military Commissions process with the US.