David Cameron launches inquiry into torture claims

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Prime Minister David Cameron announced an independent judge-led inquiry today into allegations of British complicity in the torture of detainees held by other countries in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks.

Mr Cameron told the House of Commons an inquiry was necessary "to restore Britain's moral leadership in the world".

He indicated that the Government was ready to pursue mediation with individuals pursuing civil cases in relation to their detention in the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention camp and, where appropriate, to offer compensation.

It is hoped that sufficient progress will be made in civil and criminal cases to allow the inquiry, chaired by former Appeal Court judge Sir Peter Gibson, to start its work by the end of this year and report within 12 months, said Mr Cameron.