Terror detainees sent to Broadmoor

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Two more Belmarsh terror detainees have been moved to Broadmoor hospital because deteriorating mental illness has led to a "life-threatening condition", The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

The transfer to hospital of the men, both North Africans in their 30s, means that a third of all detainees held by Britain under emergency anti-terror powers are now diagnosed as severely mentally ill.

In a key test case for the Government, nine law lords are to rule this week on claims that the UK's detention of 12 terror suspects at Belmarsh and Broadmoor breaches the Human Rights Act.

Gareth Peirce, a lawyer for some of the detainees, revealed the transfer to Broadmoor. She said: "Both men reached a life-threatening condition in Belmarsh and have been driven to severe mental illness."

The US government has snubbed an official request for an independent psychiatric assessment of Moazzam Begg, a Briton held at the Guantanamo Bay camp.

A letter from Mr Begg claims that armed American interrogators used shackles, hoods, ice-cold showers and sleep deprivation, and threatened his life.