British Spies Will Not Face Torture Charges

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Agents working for Britain's spy agencies will not face criminal charges in connection with their alleged complicity in the mistreatment of foreign detainees.

Police and Britain's Crown Prosecution Service say there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against the agents who were working for the spy agencies MI5 and MI6. However, they say further investigation is needed to determine whether more cases will be pursued.

The cases center around two men reportedly tortured while being held in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The British agents were not accused of directly torturing or mistreating the detainees, but of providing information to U.S. authorities.

British authorities, meanwhile, say they are set to soon begin a separate inquiry into allegations of extraordinary rendition of terror suspects — the practice of sending suspects to other countries for interrogation where they could face torture.