UK Intelligence 'Sent Citizens to Be Tortured'

MI5 outsourced brutal interrogations to Pakistan, say lawyers
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 3:40 AM CDT
The headquarters of MI5 in Vauxhall, London. MI5 is accused of sending British citizens to Pakistan to be tortured.   ((c) skuds)
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(Newser) – British intelligence officers have been accused of sending citizens to a Pakistani agency to be tortured, reports the Guardian. MI5 officials requested Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency to arrest British terror suspects in the country, where they were subjected to beatings, whippings, sleep deprivation and fingernail extraction, according to lawyers for the victims.

One detainee was held for 10 months in a Pakistani facility while the British government made no efforts to extradite him to his home country. MI5 officers typically arrived to interrogate detainees after torture sessions, leading suspects to conclude that British intelligence colluded in their mistreatment. As a number of court cases open, MI5 has declined to comment on the allegations.