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British Ex-soldiers Plea for Investigation into UK Role in US Torture of Suspects



A group of British Ex-soldiers demanded for an inquiry into the role of Britain in US inhumane torture during war. Andrew Mitchell, Dan Jarvis and Crispin Blunt called for an all-out investigation towards what they called “complicity” towards torture.

The former soldiers of British army wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in which they requested an unbiased inquiry into the issue. “Only through an independent judge-led inquiry will we learn the lessons of the past and decisively demonstrate our commitment to the values for which we served,” part of the letter read.

Two months ago, a parliamentary report verified “inexcusable” torture of suspects and prisoners by the US. The report, which was published by a parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), instigated criticism in humanitarian circles inside UK.

The inquiry must be commanded by Theresa May according to British legislation.  “UK involvement in abuses tarnishes our international reputation and severely hampers our operational strength worldwide, damaging our international partnerships and our national security,” the letter read according to the Times.

The report of the ISC has uncovered disturbing new evidence of UK involvement in the US government’s programme of torture and rendition. As evidence has mounted over almost two decades, we remain deeply concerned at the extent to which UK decisionmakers have risked involvement in serious abuses – all while UK personnel were risking their lives to uphold the values those abuses transgressed.

David Cameron, then the UK Prime Minister, ordered for a judge-led inquiry into the issue in 2010. The order, however, was shelved two years later. Theresa May excused herself by expressing apology for British secret service’s role in the kidnap of a prominent opponent of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after ISC report in June.