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Gibson and Chilcot reports into torture and war held up

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2381

Protests at the Chilcot inquiry

Protests at the Chilcot inquiry (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Publication of a report exposing British involvement in rendition and torture has been postponed at the last minute.

The Gibson report is said to include evidence that British intelligence knew of torture and abuse in Guantanamo, Kabul’s Bagram prison and other secret prisons. 

It is also said to recommend further questioning for former Labour Foreign secretary Jack Straw.

The investigation by a former judge Peter Gibson, was initially suspended before hearing witnesses, after arguments about what would be publicly disclosed. A police investigation was also launched.

Gibson then undertook an interim inquiry using documentary evidence. This report has been with David Cameron for the past 18 months.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq is also embroiled in a row. This is about the release of records of exchanges between Tony Blair and then US president George Bush as the West prepared for war.

Whitehall officials claim disclosure could harm relations with the US and are blocking their inclusion. But inquiry head John Chilcot doesn’t want to publish the inquiry without them.

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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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