Trial on British MI5’s involvement in torture of Binyam Mohamed

This week’s appeal court ruling disclosed CIA-based intelligence showing that MI5 knew that British resident Binyam Mohamed had been subjected to treatment “at the very least cruel, inhuman, and degrading”. Mohamed is a former Guantánamo detainee who claims to have been tortured by US authorities with the knowledge or even support of MI5.

The appeal court, presided over by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, also referred to a recent US court case where the judge vindicated Mohamed’s claims that “UK authorities” had been “involved in and facilitated the ill-treatment and torture” to which he was subjected while under the control of the US. A particular document refers to MI5 officers having “deliberately misled” parliament and sharing a “culture of suppression”.

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