MI5 misled MPs about what it knew of the whereabouts of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who says he was tortured before being secretly rendered to
Mohamed's lawyers also accused MI5 of not looking "too hard" at what was being done to him. The claims were made as the government came under renewed pressure after a former senior American official told Time magazine that the
Lawyers for Mohamed yesterday demanded the release of information in the government's hands which, they say, shows he was subject to extraordinary rendition, held incommunicado, and tortured. The government argues that disclosing the information would jeopardise
Ben Jaffey, counsel for Mohamed, told the court that in his witness statement an MI5 officer in the case said Britain's security and intelligence agences "did not know where he [Mohamed] was" after he was flown out of Pakistan in 2002.
Yet MI5 suggested to parliament's intelligence and security committee that it believed Mohamed was in
It has emerged since that Mohamed was rendered to
"The security service did not look too hard at what was going on", Jaffey told Lord Justice Thomas. The former Kensington caretaker alleges he was repeatedly slashed in the genitals with a razor blade while being held in
The judge said the case raised "many and very troublesome issues". The court will deliver its ruling later this month.
Time magazine's anonymous source said that a CIA counter-terrorism official twice said "high-value prisoners" had been held and questioned on Diego Garcia. Reprieve, the legal action charity, said that the source proved British territory had been used for "kidnapping, extraordinary rendition, illegal imprisonment and possibly torture".
In February, the
Last month Mr Miliband said the
A Foreign Office spokesman said yesterday: "Our intelligence and counter-terrorism relationship with the
"We accept US assurances on rendition in good faith. But if others have definitive evidence of rendition through the