A law against rendition?

By politics.co.uk staff

A law banning the use of British sites to conduct ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights has been drawn up by an all-party group.

The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on extraordinary rendition recommended criminalising the use of British facilities for the flights, or failing to prevent the use of the facilities for rendition.

The other half of the circle – where planes pass through Britain to enable rendition but do not actually have detainees aboard – would also be criminalised under the proposals.

A subject of enormous contentious and anger, extraordinary rendition involves the transportation of terrorist suspects to countries where they are likely to be tortured.

Law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringe helped draw up the proposals.

Foreign secretary David Miliband has admitted that the US used the British base on Diego Garcia for refuelling, despite assurances to the contrary from US officials.

The APPG will publish their proposals in full in parliament today at 15:00 GMT.