UK torture and rendition inquiry welcomed

The SNP has welcomed an announcement by the Prime Minister of an inquiry into allegations that the British security services were complicit in rendition and torture.

Responding to the Prime Ministers statement, SNP Home Affairs spokesperson Pete Wishart MP said he hoped former Ministers would be called to give evidence.

Mr Wishart said:

"An inquiry into these allegations is the only way to restore confidence in the actions of our security services abroad.

"Allegations about the UK’s involvement in rendition, and claims that some detainees were mistreated, have overshadowed the reputation of our services and we have to find answers to these questions. If necessary Ministers from the last government must co-operate and give evidence to the inquiry.

"Our defence and security services do an excellent job and rather than work under a cloud of suspicion the allegations of illegal activity, rendition and torture over recent years should be properly investigated and an inquiry held."