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U.K. Won’t Prosecute Agent Over Binyam Mohamed Torture Claims

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. won’t prosecute a British intelligence agent accused of complicity in the mistreatment of Binyam Mohamed, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

There is “insufficient evidence” to prosecute the man for “any criminal offense arising from the interview of Binyam Mohamed in Pakistan” on May 17, 2002, Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, said in an e-mailed statement today.

The U.K. government yesterday said it will pay compensation to a number of former Guantanamo detainees, including U.K. resident Mohamed, to settle a lawsuit. Mohamed’s case sparked criticism of U.K. security services from a judge in a portion of a ruling that the government had fought to keep secret, arguing it could hinder intelligence sharing with the U.S.

The agent, who wasn’t identified, last year testified in Mohamed’s case. He said that he was an agent responsible for interviewing terrorist suspects and he questioned Mohamed while he was detained in Pakistan.

Starmer said he can’t give out further information “because the wider investigation into other potential criminal conduct arising from allegations made by Mr. Mohamed in interviews with the police is still ongoing.”

To contact the reporter on this story: James Lumley in London at jlumley1@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net.

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