Document Library - Press Releases
Andrew Tyrie MP responds to the announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service that an MI5 officer will not be prosecuted over allegations that he was complicit in the mistreatment of Binyam Mohamed.
Andrew Tyrie responds to the settlement of court cases brought against the British Government by former Guantanamo Bay detainees. Andrew Tyrie MP said: “This is an important settlement that takes us a step closer to getting to the truth.”
Andrew Tyrie MP sets out the APPG’s proposals for the remit and powers of the Inquiry into allegations of UK involvement in rendition and the mistreatment of detainees overseas; publishes proposals for Terms of Reference and a Protocol on the Treatment of Information for consideration by the Government and the Inquiry.
Andrew Tyrie responds to the publication of documents from the FCO and British Security Services which reveal details of the former government’s involvement in extraordinary rendition. These include a telegram apparently from then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to the embassy in Washington which stated he had “no objection” to the American plans to render UK detainees from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, and viewed it as “the best way to meet our counter-terrorism needs”.
Andrew Tyrie responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be an independent judge-led inquiry into allegations of UK involvement in rendition and the mistreatment of detainees abroad. Andrew Tyrie MP said: “The Prime Minister’s courageous decision to hold a judge-led inquiry, and to set aside a number of objections that will have been put to him, is a huge step forward. It can give the public confidence that the truth on British involvement in rendition will come out.”
The Joint Committee on Human Rights report on Counter Terrorism Policy and Human Rights was published today. It recommends the publication of past guidance to the intelligence services on the detention and interrogation of suspects overseas, the reform of the ISC, and describes the “urgent need for an independent inquiry”. Andrew Tyrie MP said: “I’m pleased that the Joint Committee on Human Rights has renewed its support for an inquiry into British involvement in rendition and the mistreatment of suspects overseas. They join a long list of supporters, which includes almost everyone except the government."
In response to the Court of Appeal’s decision to reinstate a paragraph of its judgment in the case of Binyam Mohamed, Andrew Tyrie MP calls for a full judicial inquiry into the UK’s involvement in extraordinary rendition and reform of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Andrew Tyrie said: “The ISC has been misled by the Secret Services on their knowledge of Binyam Mohamed’s mistreatment. Every bit as troubling, the passages released today reveal concern among senior judges that Foreign Secretary David Miliband may also have been misled by the Security Services. This would render the Foreign Secretary’s assurances on rendition wholly unreliable.”
Andrew Tyrie MP responds to the publication of Jonathan Sumption's letter, and the Master of the Rolls' decision to review the decision to remove a contentious paragraph from his judgment. Andrew Tyrie said: “The release of this letter, in which the government requested that a certain paragraph of Wednesday’s judgment be removed, gives further cause for concern on at least two fronts.” “First, it appears to call into question the government’s motives for obstructing the release of the intelligence information. Second, it provides evidence to show that the parliamentary watchdog over the security services – the Intelligence and Security Committee – has not been able to do its job properly.” “Hitherto, the government has justified its reluctance to publish information derived from the exchange of intelligence with a foreign power on the grounds that release could prejudice further exchanges and leave Britain more vulnerable. The government has a point. However, in this case, the information released strongly implies that the government’s motive was to protect itself from criticism for complicity.”
Andrew Tyrie MP responds to the Court of Appeals judgement today, which ruled that information detailing Binyam Mohammed's ill treatment should be released. The seven paragraphs contain a summary of what the CIA told their British counterparts about Binyam Mohamed's treatment in Pakistan in 2002. The UK was told that the US employed tactics including sleep deprivation, threats and inducements, and shackling during his interrogation. The Court noted that this "could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities". The seven paragraphs had been redacted from a previous judgment, but the Court of Appeals rejected David Miliband's argument that the information should remain secret because its publication would harm intelligence sharing with the US and our national security. Andrew Tyrie MP commented: “This court ruling adds to the drip-drip of damaging information on the UK government's involvement in rendition, at great cost to the UK’s credibility, to the morale of our security services, and to relations with our allies.” “The best course now is for the government to concede the need for a judge-led inquiry into rendition so that we can have full disclosure. This is supported by almost everybody except the government, including Lord Carlile, the Government’s own independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, The Joint Committee on Human Rights, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and other experts in this field.” “Only by getting the truth into the public domain can we bring closure to this disgraceful episode in which Britain appears to have allowed itself to become complicit in kidnap and torture. Only full transparency will give the public confidence that such complicity will never happen again.”