“MI5 faces allegations over torture of British man in Bangladesh
Security service accused of involvement in abuse of Birmingham businessman Gulam Mustafa, who was arrested in Dhaka
The Security service is facing fresh accusations of involvement in the abuse of terrorism suspects after a British man was detained in Bangladesh and allegedly tortured while being questioned about his activities and associates in both countries.
Lawyers representing Gulam Mustafa, a 48-year-old Birmingham businessman, say there is evidence he has been severely mistreated since being arrested in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, in mid-April.
The case appears to present an immediate challenge to a new government, and will give some insight into the manner in which it will deal with the growing number of allegations of collusion in foreign torture.
At their last party conference, the Liberal Democrats passed a resolution calling for a judicial inquiry into the UK’s role in torture and rendition.
The Conservatives, however, have said only that they will not rule out an inquiry. Labour ministers have issued blanket denials of collusion in torture, but have declined to address specific allegations.
Mustafa appeared to have a swollen face when he was paraded before television cameras shortly after his arrest, according to his family.
When he appeared in court 11 days later, a journalist working for the Guardian could see that he was unable to stand throughout the proceedings, at one point sinking to his knees.
The businessman told a British consular official he had been (…).”