Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader, has today written to the Prime Minister calling on him to make a statement to the House of Commons clarifying what the Government knew about the CIA's extraordinary rendition operations.It now appears that it was not true that the UK had not received any requests for terrorist suspects to be transferred to other countries via Britain - in fact they had, and it is quite likely that they were being transferred to locations where they could be subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. Not legally defined as torture, perhaps, but stuff that would certainly count as torture in most people's view.
Sir Menzies' letter follows reports of a leaked memo from the Foreign Office which advises the Prime Minister to 'avoid being drawn on the detail' on the issue, and reveals UK suspicions of US involvement in cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Sir Menzies Campbell has written to the Prime Minister about the practice of extraordinary rendition.