Miliband in dock for allowing interrogations in 'torture nations'

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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London, Sep 23(ANI): Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband faces fresh questions after it emerged that he gave the green light to proceed with intelligence-gathering operations in countries where there was a risk of terrorism suspects being tortured.

It is claimed that during the three years of Miliband's tenure as Foreign Secretary, the MI6 always consulted him before embarking on what has been described as attempts to gain information from a detainee held by a country with a poor human rights record.

According to the Daily Mail, former Foreign Secretary approved some interrogations involving countries with poor human rights records and refused permission in others.

It is also claimed that he allowed the interrogation of three terror suspects who allege they were tortured in Bangladesh and Egypt.

Faisal Mostafa, a chemistry lecturer from Manchester who has twice been cleared of terrorism offences in court, was detained in Bangladesh last year.

He claims that he was hung upside down and electrocuted while interrogators quizzed him about two Islamist groups.

In his defence, Miliband said that it was 'routine' for Foreign Secretaries to examine such cases.

However, the revelation is likely to provoke fresh controversy if he wins the Labour leadership on Saturday. (ANI)

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