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November 16, 2010

Ex-Guantanamo detainees and UK

Filed under: UK — ispoli @ 11:37 am

The British government is expected to announce a compensation of more than a $1.6 million to former detainees in the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility in Cuba.

The Cabinet Office confirmed reports by local media on Tuesday that the government would update politicians about High Court actions brought by former prisoners, who claim British security forces were complicit in their torture.

Bisher al-Rawi, Jamil el Banna, Richard Belmar, Omar Deghayes, Binyam Mohamed, Martin Mubanga all took action against the government, and the High Court ordered the release of 500,000 related documents in July.

Guantanamo and UK

Guantanamo and UK

Experts have said the government was keen to avoid a costly court case and the settlement was finally agreed after weeks of negotiations, with two lawyers acting as independent adjudicators.

“The prime minister set out clearly in his statement to the House (of Commons) on July 6 that we need to deal with the totally unsatisfactory situation where for ‘the past few years, the reputation of our security services has been overshadowed by allegations about their involvement in the treatment of detainees held by other countries,” the Cabinet Office said.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan, reporting from London, said that details of the settlement will remain confidential. “The details of it will probably never be known. It is going to be an intrinsic part of the agreement, we understand, that there will be confidentiality,” he said. “Neither side will be able to comment publicly or give details of the exact clauses that are included.”

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