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Iraqi Man Wins U.K. Ruling Over ‘Hooding’ of Overseas Suspects

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- An Iraqi man won a U.K. court ruling over the practice of placing bags over terror suspects’ heads during overseas interrogations.

Judge Anthony May said there shouldn’t be any circumstances in which ‘hooding,’ which has already been banned by British armed forces, was permitted. May said that guidelines should be strengthened to “rule out” the possibility of security officials permitting the practice, even when carried out by foreign governments.

The case was filed by an Iraqi man who said he was subject to the practice by British forces. The court rejected a related case filed by a U.K. human rights agency over the interrogation of suspects overseas.

May dismissed the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s request for a judicial review of the guidance, issued by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010 to ensure soldiers and security staff didn’t condone or encourage torture by foreign officials. The commission said the guidelines don’t prevent intelligence officers from seeking information from suspects where there is a serious risk of torture.

In July 2010 the British government set up an independent inquiry into allegations security officials had been implicated in the mistreatment of detainees held abroad.

--With assistance from Lindsay Fortado in London. Editor: Anthony Aarons, Peter Chapman

To contact the reporter on this story: Kit Chellel in London

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