Ed Davey calls for “full independent judicial inquiry” over Binyam Mohamed

From a party press release:

Commenting on the news that the Attorney General has given the go-ahead to a police investigation into allegations of torture by Binyam Mohamed, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary, Edward Davey said:

“After months of delay, the Attorney General has at last made a clear decision.

“These are incredibly serious allegations of complicity in barbaric acts of torture and breaches of international law. There must be complete faith in the way the investigation is carried out if the public’s trust, and Britain’s standing in the world, is ever to be restored.

“It is now absolutely vital that Government officials, politicians and intelligence agencies co-operate fully with this unprecedented investigation. That means police must have access not only to intelligence agents but also to those senior civil servants and ministers who set the policy under which agents operated.

“However, the wider question of the Government’s policy on rendition and torture throughout the Bush and Blair years will remain unanswered by this investigation. Only a fully independent judicial inquiry can get to the bottom of this and ensure that trust in government and international respect for Britain is restored.”

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