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Guantanamo Bay: Binyam Mohamed

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the High Court's conclusion in the case of Binyam Mohamed that it is an independent crime to assist in concealing evidence of torture, whether the United Kingdom will now be required to reveal any such evidence contained in intelligence material provided by other countries; or whether the relevant intelligence-sharing protocols will override any such legal requirement. [HL1559]

There was no such conclusion of the High Court. The case brought by Mr Mohamed was a judicial review. It was not before a criminal court and did not consider criminal issues. The question of possible criminal wrongdoing that arose in the course of the judicial review was referred to the Attorney-General. This is, as the court acknowledged, the proper legal process.