Britain to hold inquiry into torture complaints

LONDON—Britain’s Foreign Secretary says a judge will lead a formal inquiry into allegations that the U.K. was complicit in torture overseas.William Hague says the country’s coalition government will hold the inquiry, though details were not included in a legislative program published Thursday.

At least 12 men are suing Britain, claiming the government was aware, or involved in, their torture overseas—including ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Two British intelligence officers are currently being investigated by police over allegations of complicity.

Britain’s previous government long denied it was complicit in any mistreatment.

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