Ministry of Defence misled on Iraq torture, claim MPs

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By Simon Johnson
Telegraph
28 Jul 2008

MPs and peers have claimed that a senior Army general and a defence minister may have misled them over British troops’ use of banned interrogation techniques in Iraq.

Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister, and Lieutenant General Robin Brims, Commander Field Army in 2006, had told the Joint Committee on Human Rights that hooding and sleep deprivation were forbidden.

But the committee said the assurances appeared to be false, and not all troops had known these and other “conditioning techniques” were banned.

It claimed there were “discrepancies” between the testimony of Mr Ingram in 2004 and Lt Gen Brims in 2006, and what had happened on the ground.

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