Smith to be sued over 'torture'

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  1. dong20

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    "Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is facing legal action over allegations that MI5 colluded in the torture of terror suspect.

    According to the Home Office, lawyers for Briton Jamil Rahman wrote to Jacqui Smith claiming that she is accountable for the assault, unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and breaches of human rights legislation of their client.

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    Rahman, a former civil servant, said he was tortured over a two-year period in Bangladesh and two MI5 officers were aware of his treatment and consciously avoided witnessing it.

    He claims they would leave the room while he was severely beaten and would then return to resume their interrogation.

    He also suggested that his wife was held in the next room and Bangladeshi officers threatened to rape her.

    Rahman's lawyers claim to have evidence including eyewitness testimony and medical information.
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    Smith to be sued over 'torture' - Yahoo! News UK

    This may ultimately prove impossible to prove in court, but the precedent is encouraging.

    It will certainly take her mind off expenses fiddling.
     
  2. B_VinylBoy

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    And now it begins...
    But I'm sure someone will try to turn this into some kind of insult towards our Administration saying that Obama should have been the ones who pushed the prosecution, or chime in with anti-American rhetoric about how it takes a different country to do what's right for the world.

    Place your bets now! :rolleyes:
     
  3. Jason

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    The reports do say she is going to be prosecuted, and will therefore have to defend herself.

    Somehow I doubt that the evidence could be found to convict. However the true jury of such a trial would be the British public. If it really is the case that torture has been permitted by the British government (in this case or a couple of others) there would be a massive public backlash.
     
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