Rending the UK

The United Nations special reporter on torture says he has credible evidence that the US used a British territory for the secret detention and transportation of 'terror' suspects.

Manfred Nowak's assertion contradicts statements by the UK and US governments that Diego Garcia island was used merely as a refuelling stop for "renditions".

Nowak said on Sunday that he had received information about detentions on the British island from multiple sources. He said detainees and other sources had told him "quite a long time ago" that suspects were sent to the remote outpost and kept there between 2002 and 2003. "I've had a few allegations and, in my opinion, they were credible," Nowak told The Associated Press, adding that he could not disclose any of his sources.

Extraordinary Torture

"There can be no accountability without transparency: people - including former soldiers - who have information that may constitute evidence of war crimes or of grave human rights violations must be reassured that they can safely make that information public, without fear of punitive legal action against them.

"If the government of the UK succeeds in gagging Ben Griffin and burying any significant information he may possess, it risks preventing others from coming forward who may have evidence of serious violations."

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