Cameron announces torture probe

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The Government has announced an inquiry into whether Britain was implicated in the torture of terror suspects.

Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that as soon as enough progress is made in civil and criminal law suits, an independent judge-led inquiry will be held into whether the UK authorities were complicit with the improper treatment of detainees held by other countries in the aftermath of 9/11.

He also said the Government is committed to mediation with individuals who have brought civil claims about their detention in Guantanamo Bay and will offer compensation "where appropriate".

The inquiry will be chaired by former Appeal Court judge Sir Peter Gibson and will not be held fully in public, said Mr Cameron. It is hoped it will start by the end of this year and report within a year.

The inquiry will have access to "all relevant Government papers including those held by intelligence services" and will have full co-operation from official agencies, said Mr Cameron.

Mr Cameron also published new guidance for intelligence and military personnel on how to deal with detainees held by other countries, making clear that they must never take any action where they know or believe torture to be taking place.

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