The United States' attorney general, Eric Holder, has named John Durham as special prosecutor to probe CIA prisoner abuse cases after the release of a disturbing report on torture methods used to interrogate key terror suspects.
US Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) has named federal prosecutor John Durham to conduct a preliminary review of alleged CIA prisoner-abuse cases following a recommendation from the Justice Department's ethics office to reopen the inquiries.
US President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a special team to question key terrorism suspects that will operate under the National Security Council instead of the CIA, a move that allows the White House to oversee its activities directly.
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A group of Republican US senators have warned against a possible probe into alleged abuses by CIA interrogators of suspected terrorists, saying such an investigation could have serious security implications.
Former General Santiago Omar Riveros, responsible for numerous human rights abuses during Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship, was sentenced to life in jail on multiple torture and murder charges after his amnesty was lifted.
British MPs from the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) have warned the government that regularly using intelligence obtained through prisoners' mistreatment could make the country legally complicit of torture.