UK government settles with 16 Guantanamo detainees over torture allegations

[JURIST] The UK government on Tuesday announced a settlement with 16 Guantanamo Bay detainees over allegations of torture. Details of the settlement agreement, which are legally bound to a confidentiality agreement, have not been released, although at least seven detainees are expected to receive compensation, with at least one recieving over one million pounds. In return, the 16 detainees—12 of whom had filed suit and four of whom were planning to—agreed to drop a lawsuit against MI5 and M16, Britain’s domestic and overseas intelligence agencies, respectively. Although many of the detainees receiving settlement are British citizens, some are not and may be offered asylum as part of the settlement. At least one is still detained in Guantanamo Bay. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clark made a statement to the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon, clarifying that the settlement was not an admission of guilt.

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