24 May, 2011

All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition (APPG)

Welcome to the APPG on Extraordinary Rendition
Saturday, 12 June 2004

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition was established by Andrew Tyrie in December 2005. It is a cross party...

An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) continues to beaver away to try to unearth the truth about any British involvement in Extraordinary Rendition.  The APPG - acting, it appears as "concerned citizens", has made requests to the Ministry of Defence for information.  Such requests are possible under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) but the Act contains several exemptions under which information can be withheld.

An appeal against the Ministry of Defence's refusal to release certain information has been heard by the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) comprising Blake J, Andrew Bartlett QC and Rosalind Tatum.  The APPG was successful in part.  See the judgment.

Addendum 16th May:  It is reported by The Independent 15th May that Sir Peter Gibson's Inquiry - (into allegations that British personnel were complicit in the torture of detainees) - will not examine the question of "Extraordinary Rendition."  Andrew Tyrie MP - chair of the APPG - condemns this as doing just half the job.  Failure to properly examine this issue will inevitably result in public criticism and allegations of cover up.

Addendum 10th June:  It is now reported that the Inquiry will consider rendition.

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