Britain to pay multi-million settlement to tortured Guantanamo detainees

Britain to pay compensation to Guantanamo detainees

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 — 8:52 am

guantanamo1 thumb 400x428 280x300 Britain to pay compensation to Guantanamo detaineesRawStory.com A British minister will address parliament Tuesday following media reports that the government is to pay millions of pounds in compensation to former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The Cabinet Office, which handles government business, said in a statement that the government would update parliament about the case on Tuesday.

The settlement came after weeks of negotiations between the two sides, with two senior lawyers acting as independent arbiters, Independent Television News reported.

One former prisoner was in line to receive more than one million pounds (1.6 million dollars, 1.1 million euros), said ITN.

Under the terms of the deal, details of the settlement would remain confidential, the report added.

The reported settlement comes after the High Court ordered the release of 500,000 related documents in July, as part of an action brought against the government by six ex-detainees of the notorious US prison camp.

Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el Banna, Richard Belmar, Omar Deghayes, Binyam Mohamed, Martin Mubanga have accused Britain’s intelligence services of having been complicit in their torture while abroad.

The Cabinet Office statement pointed out that Prime Minister David Cameron had told parliament in July that a situation in which the reputation of the security services has been called into question had to be resolved…

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