prisoners to be interviewed by Scotland Yard in explosive new twist to MI6 torture enquiry Guantanamo Bay
By James Slack
Last updated at 11
Police are investigating whether an unnamed Secret Intelligence Service officer witnessed the inhumane treatment of detainees by the
Officers have asked the
The investigation began in September 2009 after MI6 referred ‘an incident’ at Bagram U.S. Airbase to the Attorney General, who passed it to the police.
Detectives are trying to track down many of the nearly 50 prisoners who were at the base in
Police have reportedly already spoken with one man who was held at Bagram, Sami el-Hajj, a cameraman who was arrested in
In an interview in
He allegedly added
Sami el-Hajj says that he and a number of others who were at Bagram in January of 2002 were transferred to
He was released in 2008 but he claims one man, who is still in Guantánamo, was threatened with rape at Bagram, given a toothbrush and told to clean the cage in which they were held.
It is not suggested that the MI6 officer under investigation witnessed or took part in any of this alleged mistreatment.
Police are investigating whether he conducted an interview with a detainee and warned his superiors that he was concerned about his ‘handling’.
When they suggested to him what he had described may not be proper, he took no further action, they believe.
An inquiry set up by the Prime Minister into claims that the British Security and Intelligence services turned a blind eye to the abuse of suspects in US custody has been delayed partly because of the ongoing police investigation.
In October 2010 Sir John Sawers the Chief of MI6 said
But experts say there was a period where there were concerns about the inhumane treatment of prisoners held by other countries.
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