Greece investigating London bombing suspects' torture allegations

[JURIST] The Greek Ministry of Justice [official website] has begun investigating the alleged torture in Greece of 28 Pakistanis suspected of involvement in the July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive] following a lawsuit filed by the men against Greek intelligence officers. A story in the Greek weekly Proto Thema Sunday revealed the identities of a British MI6 [official website] officer in Athens and 15 Greek officers who supposedly participated in the abuse of the Pakistani terror suspects. The article sparked outrage, both over the naming of the covert officers and the possibility that British intelligence carried out covert operations on Greek soil. The British Foreign Office has denied involvement, saying, "There is no UK involvement in the intelligence and questioning of these people. It is all absolute nonsense." The MI6 officer has been recalled to London [Telegraph report] for his own safety, however, and the UK government has imposed a gag order on British media to prevent them spreading his name. Human rights groups and opposition parties have asked the Greek Justice Ministry and Public Order Ministers to appear before parliament on January 11 to account for the incident. The UK Independent has more. From Athens, Kathimerini has local coverage.

 

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