» Thursday, December 8, 2005

Law Lords’ Judgement re: Torture

Put that following the Law Lords’ judgement on torture this morning, would the Government now say that it would not use evidence gained form torture, the PMOS replied that it was a difficult and complex case, and therefore he was sure that people would appreciate why he would not comment before considering the detail of the judgement, as it was right and proper that it was studied first. We had made it clear that we did not condone torture in any way.

Put that it had been suggested to a Select Committee that the Government would use evidence gained from torture, as that was the reality, the PMOS said again that it was important that we studied the judgement and gave a proper response, which we would do.

Asked if the Government used evidence gained from torture and also did the Government appear to warn that suspected terrorists would walk free, the PMOS replied again, he understood why the question was being asked but equally, it was perfectly legitimate for the Government to take the time to study what was a very complex judgement and respond properly, rather than on the hoof.

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