– U.K ADMITTED TERROR SPECIAL RENDITION
Ministers have admitted, on Thursday 02/26/2009, they handed over terror suspects in Iraq to USA authorities, sparking claims of collusion in Extraordinary Rendition.
Defense secretary John Hutton said two men detained in 2004, understood to be Pakistani nationals, were transferred to USA custody and were then transported to Afghanistan, where they remain. He said he was reassured they had been treated humanely but apologized for past incorrect answers given to MPs.
The two men were members of the banned group Lashkar-e-Toiba, which has links to Al Qaeda. They are still being held in Afghanistan, where they are classified as “unlawful enemy combatants”.
The UK has always denied allegations of collusion in Extraordinary Rendition – the term used for sending terror suspects for interrogation in countries where torture is not illegal – despite frequent claims to the contrary.
The government admitted last year that two US flights carrying terror suspects for interrogation landed on UK territory in 2002, contradicting previous ministerial statements on the matter. Foreign secretary David Miliband said the planes had refueled on the UK dependent territory of Diego Garcia.
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