The APPGER have discovered that key documents relating to UK involvement in rendition and torture are being blocked by the FCO. The APPGER has been conducting litigation in the US since 2008, in order to discover the full nature of UK involvement in rendition. The US State Department provided a document that shows that 11 files - high level correspondence between the UK and US - have been blocked for release by the FCO. For the full story, click here To download the US court papers, click here
The new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), Dominic Grieve, has set out the Committee’s work priorities. He stated: “Our longer-term priority is the substantial Inquiry into the role of the UK Government and Security and Intelligence Agencies in relation to detainee treatment and rendition, where there are still unanswered questions” The full statement can be read here.
Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the defendants accused of plotting 9/11 whose trial is before a military commission, has asked the court to review evidence of his alleged torture in CIA custody. More can be read here.