Government makes ‘unprecedented’ apology for covering up Binyam torture

David Rose
UK Daily Mail
Sunday, April 19, 2009

Government lawyers have been forced to make a humiliating apology to the High Court for concealing 13 crucial intelligence documents about the torture of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed.

Now it has admitted the papers do exist, the Government has handed them over to the court, although their exact contents remain secret.

But it is known that they do show MI5’s complicity in Mohamed’s torture went further than previously suspected – and contain the damaging admission that a senior MI5 officer known as Witness A gave ‘incorrect’ evidence at a hearing last year.

The apology, described by senior lawyers as ‘unprecedented’, last night prompted claims that intelligence agencies have been involved in a cover-up.

The newly unearthed papers will now form part of the Metropolitan Police inquiry into the role of British spies in the torture of terror suspects, which was ordered by Attorney General Baroness Scotland last month.

Mohamed, 31, has previously told The Mail on Sunday how he was captured in Pakistan in April 2002 and tortured on the orders of the CIA.

Later, he became the subject of ‘extraordinary rendition’ to Morocco, where he claims he was subjected to ‘medieval’ torture, before being transferred to the CIA’s ‘dark prison’ in Afghanistan. Finally, after almost five years in Guantanamo Bay, he was freed without charge in February.

Mohamed has always claimed that British intelligence officers were complicit in his treatment. Last year, while he was still a prisoner, his lawyers launched a High Court battle to force the British Government to hand over copies of any papers they had about his treatment.

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