Daily archives: February 22, 2006

MOD delays the release of British casualty figures

The Ministry of Defence is continuing to delay the release of information on British casualties in the Iraq war. Information was requested under the Freedom of Information Act following recent statements from the Minister, John Reid.

LFCM describes the continuing struggle to get at the facts.

Update 24.02.06: the MOD responses to the FOIA enquiries appear to indicate more than a small degree of obfuscation from the Minister.

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Not lost in translation

From Mainichi Newspapers

“Suspect of terrorism might have been secretly handed over to

the related countries by US”. Interview with former UK diplomat.

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“Mr. Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has told to Mainichi that “US and UK have utilized, or admitted to use, the information which have been obtained by torture”. In addition, he asserted that the opinion of then a legal advisor for the UK government was; “receiving or possessing information under torture does not create any offense against the UN convention on Torture”. Mr. Murray has testified at the Council of Europe with having submitted the documents which confirm these remarks. He also points out that, according to his experience in Uzbekistan, while US might not construct any “secret prison” in European Continent, it seems to be quite probable that US would hand over these suspects to the third countries.”

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