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Inquiry rips Britain on renditions

AFP-JIJI

There is evidence that Britain was “inappropriately involved” in the rendition and mistreatment of terrorism suspects, an official inquiry reported Thursday.

British intelligence officers were aware of inappropriate interrogation techniques and mistreatment of prisoners by foreign partners, The Detainee Inquiry found after a three-year probe.

The agents were reluctant to do anything that would jeopardize relations with allies such as the United States, it said.

The report raised 27 areas requiring further investigation, ranging from interrogation techniques to “rendition flights,” the training of agents and ministerial oversight of the agencies.

Those questions will now be addressed by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, with a report due by the end of next year.