British officials privy to torture of inmates at Guantanamo Bay prison, says ex-spy

A former senior intelligence officer wants to testify that British officials witnessed inmates at Guantanamo Bay prison being chained, hooded, water-boarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, a media report said today.
British officials privy to torture of inmates at Guantanamo Bay prison, says ex-spy
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A former senior intelligence officer wants to testify that British officials witnessed inmates at Guantanamo Bay prison being chained, hooded, water-boarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, a media report said today.

"The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being tortured in December 2002," the Sunday Times said quoting senior security sources.

Details of torture were disclosed during meetings held at the London headquarters of Britain's MI5 in 2002 and the evidence is believed to include claims that British officials witnessed inmates being chained, hooded, waterboarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, the report said.

In 2014, the US Senate published a report which said the CIA used sexual threats, waterboarding and other harsh methods to interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The prison in Guantanamo, in Cuba, was opened in 2002 to house foreign terrorism suspects but has drawn international criticism from human rights activists and many foreign governments. 

President Barack Obama is seeking to close it.

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