UK Paying Millions in Compensation to Gitmo Brits

Men alleged that UK intelligence agencies colluded in torture
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 5:59 AM CST
Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, one of the 12 men receiving settlementss, speaks during a session of the Convention of Modern Liberty at the Institute of Education in London.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

(Newser) – The British government plans to pay compensation amounting to millions of dollars to a dozen former Guantanamo Bay inmates. The men, all British citizens or residents, had launched court proceedings against the government and claimed that British intelligence services had colluded in their torture in secret prisons abroad, the Guardian reports.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who opened negotiations with the men after a court ordered the disclosure of tens of thousands of confidential documents, says clearing the civil cases opens the door for an independent inquiry into British involvement in torture. "We need to deal with the totally unsatisfactory situation where for the past few years, the reputation of our security services has been overshadowed by allegations about their involvement in the treatment of detainees held by other countries," he said.

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