A director at legal charity Reprieve, which is representing Libyan Abdel Hakim Belhadj who claims he was on a rendition flight through Diego Garcia, has slammed the Foreign Office’s excuse for losing rendition flight records, labelling it a cover-up.
Cori Crider, a director at the charity, said:
”It’s looking worse and worse for the UK government on Diego Garcia.
”First we learn the Senate’s forthcoming torture report says detainees were held on the island, and now — conveniently — a pile of key documents turn up missing with ‘water damage’?
”The Government might as well have said the dog ate their homework. This smacks of a cover-up. They now need to come clean about how, when, and where this evidence was lost.”
The records, if compete, would cast new light on the UK’s complicity in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme, Foreign Office are claiming that documents have been lost due to “water damage”.