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Binyam Mohamed

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to paragraph 9 (ix) of the High Court judgement in the case of R (Binyam Mohamed) v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 21 August 2008, on what other occasions officers of the UK security services have made observations on the treatment of persons detained by or on behalf of the United States in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (259031)

It is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on operational intelligence matters.

However, the Intelligence and Security Committee’s 2005 report into the “Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq” takes note of instances of UK intelligence and security service officers raising the treatment of persons detained by or on behalf of the US in Afghanistan, between 10 January 2002 and the cessation of UK interviews in July 2002.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister also announced a series of measures in his written ministerial statement of 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 55WS, including asking the Intelligence and Security Committee to consider any new developments and relevant information since this 2005 report and the subsequent 2007 report on rendition.