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MoUs are used to assure governments deportees would not be tortured

Human rights campaigners have accused the government of aggressively pursuing “no torture” deals in order to deport people deemed a security threat.

The spokesperson added: “The British Government will not deport a person where there are substantial grounds for believing there is a real risk of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, or that the death penalty will apply.””We have a responsibility to take action to minimise the threat from terrorism to the general public and to consider all options for doing so. “Both our domestic UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights have accepted the principle of seeking diplomatic assurances in order to remove someone.” The Liberal Democrats said they do not support MoUs if they are unenforceable as “they would be thrown out by the courts” so other arrangements would have to reached. Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “People are innocent until they are proved guilty in this country, and deporting suspects to torture-risk countries is against British traditions.”

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