UK Government Scraps Enquiry……

25 Jan

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has announced that the judge-led inquiry into the UK’s alleged role in the torture and rendition of detainees after the 9/11 attacks, already boycotted by most human rights groups, has been scrapped by the government.

Yet again the government is hiding behind a veil of secrecy surrounding the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj and Sami al-Saadi to Libya in a joint US/UK operation in 2004.  In 2004 deportation to Libya was considered unsafe due to its human rights record on torture.  The enquiry led by Sir Peter Gibson into MI5 and MI6 officers’ participation has been scrapped due to the unresolved Police enquiry, which is being obstructed by the unwillingness of the intelligence agencies and government to divulge information surrounding the extraordinary renditions.

The fact that the renditions happenned is accepted, so the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of  Tony Blair who as the head of state at that time, bears ultimate responsibility……

Hiding Behind ‘The War on Terror’……

No aircraft can enter UK airspace, land, and take off without the knowledge of the National Air Traffic Services or the Royal Air Force.  Therefore, someone in authority colluded with the US authorities and sanctioned the extraordinary renditions from UK soil.  Carried out without any judicial process the renditions led directly to the illegal incarceration and torture of British citizens and foreign nationals.  If a criminal act was committed it should be for the courts to decide the fate of those accused.  Thus far we have been presented with nothing to indicate their guilt.  Until such time as our government offers an explanation for the actions of MI5 or MI6, they are in breach of European Human Rights law.  Hiding behind the ‘War on Terror’ and saying “You’ll just have to trust us” does not constitute justice or transparency and as history has shown, governments lie.  If someone is guilty of a crime, prosecute them and if there are details of importance to national security let the judiciary hear the case in a closed court……

Other Opinions……

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: “We welcome the sensible decision to end the embarrassment of a so-called inquiry in which neither torture victims nor human rights campaigners had faith.”

Clare Algar, executive director of Reprieve, said: “We look forward to working with the government to ensure that an inquiry with real clout and real independence is established once these investigations have concluded. This is essential to ensuring that we find out who signed off on Britain’s collaboration in some of the worst excesses of the ‘war on terror’.”

Richard Stein, head of human rights at law firm Leigh Day & Co, who is representing the two Libyans, said: “If there is to be a future inquiry following the police investigations into my clients’ allegations, then it must have credibility, allowing the official version of events to be challenged.”

 It is time we held those responsible for human rights abuses to account, although I expect this will be brushed under the carpet along with the numerous other dubious practices of our “honourable” leaders.

Useful Links:

Contact Your MP:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: