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Around a dozen men, who accused British security forces of colluding in their torture overseas, are to get millions in compensation from the UK government, British Media reported on Monday 11/15/2010 night. Some of the men, who are all British citizens or residents, were detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

At least seven of them alleged UK forces were complicit in their torture before they arrived at Guantanamo. A ministerial statement on the out-of-court settlement is due to be made in the House of Commons later on Tuesday 11/16/2010.

It is believed the government wanted to avoid a lengthy and costly court case which would also have put the British secret intelligence services under the spotlight (see – JUDICIAL TANGLE).

Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el-Banna, Omar Deghayes (see – Gitmo 12.19.07), Richard BelmarBinyam MohamedMartin Mubanga and Moazzam Begg were among those who had begun High Court cases against the government.

They had claimed that UK intelligence agencies and three government departments were complicit in their torture and should have prevented it. In May, the Court of Appeal ruled that the government was unable to rely on “secret evidence” to defend itself against the six cases.

Then, in July, the High Court ordered the release of some of the 500,000 documents relating to the case. Around 100 intelligence officers had been working around the clock preparing legal cases (see – Gitmo Sham).

The government wanted to avoid the cost of the court case, and that the terms of the settlement would remain confidential – something wanted by both the men and ministers.

The British government would now be able to move forward with plans for an inquiry, led by Sir Peter Gibson, into claims that UK security services were complicit in the torture of terror suspects.

Last month, the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers described torture as “illegal and abhorrent” and defended the service’s need for secrecy.
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