U.K. Torture Inquiry Scrapped as Police Investigate Libya Claims

An inquiry into British complicity in the torture of terrorism suspects will be scrapped as a result of police starting a probe into allegations of mistreatment in Libya, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said today.

London’s Metropolitan Police said Jan. 12 they will investigate allegations that suspects were sent to Libya and mistreated there. On the same day British spies were told by police and the Crown Prosecution Service that they will not be prosecuted over claims they were complicit in the torture of Binyam Mohamed, a detainee held by U.S. officials.

“The government fully intends to hold an independent judge-led inquiry once police investigations are concluded to establish the facts and draw a line under these issues,” Clarke told lawmakers in the House of Commons today. “We do want these matters to be investigated thoroughly,” Clarke said, adding that police will take “months at least” to conclude their inquiries.

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