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18 March 2009

Full inquiry needed to end torture suspicions

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called for a full independent inquiry to address allegations that the British Government has been complicit in torture.

Mr Barrett, who previously raised the issue of so-called rendition flights landing at Scottish airports, was responding to a statement by the Prime Minister on UK policy on torture.

Mr Barrett said:

“Proposals to publish the Government’s policy on torture fall far short of what is really needed. We must address the specific allegations that our agents co-operated with other secret services on torture, rather than on current and future policy.

“If we are not able to refute allegations we have knowingly allowed torture then we will lose our moral authority to speak out against torture and kidnapping across the world.

“We urgently need an independent judicial inquiry to answer these most serious claims.”

John Barrett speaking in parliament

John Barrett speaking in parliament

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