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Detainee handling rules to be published

From The Daily Politics Tuesday, 02 February 2010

LONDON (AP)  — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says newly drafted rules for the country's spies and soldiers on handling detainees will be published — but that previous guidelines won't be made public.

Brown ordered the rules to be redrafted following complaints from some ex-detainees that British intelligence officers had been complicit in their alleged torture overseas.

British police are investigating two incidents involving officers from the country's MI5 and MI6 spy agencies.

Brown told Parliament's Liaison Committee on Tuesday that the new rules will be published "very soon." Officials said it will likely be next month.

The British leader told the session, "We do not support torture, we do not condone torture, we do not allow torture."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.


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