21 Feb 2010

Britain's rights watchdog urges torture probe

10:41 am on 21 February 2010

The human rights watchdog in Britain has called for an independent investigation into claims that the security services were complicit in the torture of more than 20 terrorism suspects.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has asked the government to step in after a court heard that allegations are already being investigated by the police.

Those claims concern Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer, 42, who was born in Saudi Arabia but is a permanent resident in Britain and married to a British woman.

Mr Aamer's lawyers told the court last year that government documents included evidence that British intelligence officers were present on at least two occasions when he was tortured but failed to help him.