[JURIST] The UK government on Tuesday announced a settlement with 16 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees over allegations of torture. Details of the settlement agreement, which are legally bound to a confidentiality agreement, have not been released, although at least seven detainees are expected to receive compensation, with at least one recieving over one million pounds [AP report]. In return, the 16 detainees—12 of whom had filed suit and four of whom were planning to—agreed to drop a lawsuit [JURIST report] against MI5 and M16 [official websites], Britain’s domestic and overseas intelligence agencies, respectively. Although many of the detainees receiving settlement are British citizens, some are not and may be offered asylum as part of the settlement. At least one is still detained in Guantanamo Bay. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clark [official profile] made a statement to the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon, clarifying that the settlement was not an admission of guilt:
A joint statement [text] by the heads of M15 and M16, “welcome[d] the conclusion to the mediation which allows the agencies to concentrate on protecting national security.” Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] is expected to comment on the settlement later Tuesday.