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UK Judge Criticizes British Spy Agency

Friday, 26 Feb 2010 10:25 AM

LONDON – Previously suppressed comments by a senior judge criticising the secret services over torture claims by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee were finally made public Friday.

Lord David Neuberger said some members of the security services seemed to have a "dubious record" on human rights and "coercive techniques" in a draft judgment earlier this month in the case of Binyam Mohamed.

The comments from Neuberger, head of the civil justice system in England and Wales, were removed from the ruling following a complaint from Jonathan Sumption, one of Britain's top lawyers who was representing the government.

They have now been made public in what Ivor Judge, the head of the judiciary in England and Wales, said was "the interests of open justice".

Neuberger's suppressed comments came in a ruling ordering the release of information about the case of Ethiopian-born Mohamed, who was detained for nearly seven years, including more than four at Guantanamo.

He claims he was "tortured in medieval ways" and alleges security service MI5 colluded with his abusers in Pakistan.

Neuger said evidence in the Mohamed case showed "at least some (security service) officials appear to have a dubious record when it comes to human rights and coercive techniques, and indeed when it comes to frankness about the UK's involvement with the mistreatment of Mr Mohamed by US officials".

He said he had in mind a particular unnamed witness but added: "It appears likely that there were others."

Neuberger added there were questions over whether statements about alleged mistreatment could be relied upon.

"Not only is there an obvious reason for distrusting any UK Government assurance, based on (security service) advice and information because of 'form', but the Foreign Office and the (security service) have an interest in the suppression of such information," he said.

Judge, the lord chief justice, said although ministers had not interfered to prevent the comments being published, the "most effective way of dispelling any lingering public perception" that this had happened was to allow publication.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said he was "deeply disappointed" by the criticism of the security services.

"We totally reject any suggestion that the security services have a systemic problem in respecting human rights," he said.

"We wholly reject too that they have any interest in suppressing or withholding information from ministers or the courts."

But Reprieve, the campaign group which represents Mohamed in court, said the case again underlined the need for a public inquiry into allegations that British secret agents were linked to torture.

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