UK Torture Inquiry

David Cameron opened an inquiry to establish whether the British Government and its intelligence agencies were involved in improper treatment of detainees held by other countries, and if so, to what extend.
David Cameron opened an inquiry to establish whether the British Government and its intelligence agencies were involved in improper treatment of detainees held by other countries, and if so, to what extend.

The inquiry will be headed by Sir Perter Gibson, a former appeal court judge, and currently the commissioner for the intelligence services. Sir Gibson previous investigated how the intelligence services intercepted intelligence in the case of the Omagh bombing in 1998 and whether the bombing could have been stopped. The panel will also include Dame Janet Paraskeva, head of the Civil Service Commissioners, and Peter Riddell, former Times journalist and fellow at the Institute for Government.

The inquiry will be heard in private, it will not establish legal liability, nor order financial settlement, and it will not have the power to summon witnesses.

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