For some years, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has withheld hundreds of sensitive intelligence documents. These relate to allegations that the British establishment instigated the extraordinary rendition (illegal abduction and transfer) of three Libyans. Two of these suffered torture. Now, in a landmark ruling, the High Court has ordered that lawyers acting on behalf of the plaintiffs can demand that the CPS produce those documents. The documents in question include letters sent by Sir Mark Allen, former head of MI6, to his Libyan counterpart Moussa Koussa. And the latest ruling follows on from a ruling in January 2017 by the Supreme Court that cleared the way for litigation to proceed against Allen, as well as then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the Foreign Office, the Home Office, and MI6.
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