Under pressure, UK promises torture guidelines

June 29, 2010 03:12


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LONDON  — The British government promised Monday to quickly issue its spies a fresh set of guidelines on how to avoid being complicit in torture.

The announcement addresses a legal challenge to the existing guidelines, which human rights group Reprieve said allowed British intelligence agents to gather information extracted through torture — even if they weren't directly involved in the mistreatment.

The group had sued the government in an effort to overturn the current rules, claiming there was compelling evidence to show that the UK had been "reaping the fruits" of torture since at least 2002.

But the High Court in London ruled that the issue was moot as new guidelines were in the works.

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