Robert Verkaik reports that a law charity is accusing the U.K. Ministry of Defense of playing the “we were just protecting their privacy” card to cover up their treatment — or mistreatment — of two men arrested in 2004 and transferred to the U.S.. The men were reportedly subjected to rendition and torture in Afghanistan and are still under U.S. control without legal assistance:
The Government misled MPs over Britain’s role in the rendition of two men arrested by the UK and then imprisoned by the Americans for five years in Afghanistan, it is claimed today.
Ministers are also accused of conspiring in the men’s unlawful imprisonment by refusing to disclose their identities and providing false information about the allegations against them.
The Ministry of Defence wrote to the law charity Reprieve, saying that the two terror suspects captured by British forces in Iraq in 2004 could not be identified because it would be a breach of their rights under the Data Protection Act.
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