Straw to Face the Law

Bad news for the former Foreign Secretary in this morning’s Indy. Jack Straw is set to be interviewed by Scotland Yard for his role in the alleged extraordinary rendition of two terrorist suspects to be tortured in Libya. It’s a murky case that has arisen from files discovered in the ransacked HQ of Libyan intelligence, and one of the men involved is now a senior Libyan government official who is more than happy to give interviews:

“When the guards left I made sign movements with my hands. The British people nodded, showed they understood. But nothing changed; the torture continued for a long time.”

Straw obviously denies signing off on the activity:

“The position of successive foreign secretaries, including me, is that we were opposed to unlawful rendition, opposed to torture or similar methods and not only did we not agree with it, we were not complicit in it, nor did we turn a blind eye to it. No Foreign Secretary can know all the details of what… intelligence services are doing at any one time.”

That is one hell of a caveat though…




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