Where does this leave the ex SAS man who was handed a court injunction for his claims over SAS involvement in rendition? Ben Griffin gagged over rendition claims http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/library/news/2008/intell-080229-irna01.htm UK Govt claims it is opposed to extraordinary rendition http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4851478.stm Ministers apologise as they admit Britain DID hand over two terror suspects to U.S. for 'torture flights' By NICHOLAS CECIL Last updated at 4:31 PM on 26th February 2009 Admission: John Hutton told MPs Britain was involved in extraordinary rendition Ministers admitted today that two terrorism suspects captured by British forces in Iraq were flown by the US to Afghanistan for interrogation. The suspected members of an al Qaeda-linked group were detained by the SAS in Baghdad in February 2004 and handed over to US forces before being flown to Afghanistan. British officials, believed to include MI6 officers, knew about the transfer in 2004, MPs were told. Two years later, papers prepared for the then foreign secretary Jack Straw and home secretary Charles Clarke included brief references to this case. The astonishing admission is the closest yet to confirming the accusation that Britain was involved, or at least knew, that terror suspects were being secretly flown to countries where torture and other abuses are widely believed to be used. The terror suspects, both Pakistanis, are believed to have been targeting Coalition troops in Iraq and are still considered to pose a security threat if released. Defence Secretary John Hutton stunned MPs with his statement on the case to Parliament this afternoon. While stressing that his predecessors had been unaware of it, he said: "In retrospect, it is clear to me that the transfer to Afghanistan of these two individuals-should have been questioned at the time." Mr Hutton apologised for "inaccurate" information given to the Commons on this issue in the past which will raise fresh questions over past statements by other Cabinet ministers. For example, Mr Straw told the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in 2005: "We do not practise rendition. Full stop." However, his spokesman said today: "Jack was not specifically alerted to the significance of this case." Mr Hutton stressed that the two men who were taken to Afghanistan were members of Lashkar e Tayyiba - a proscribed organisation with links to al Qaeda. The US government had explained that they were moved to Afghanistan because of a lack of linguistic skills in Baghdad to interrogate them effectively, he added. Papers prepared for the then home secretary Charles Clarke (left) and foreign secretary Jack Straw included references to an extraordinary rendition case Mr Hutton told MPs he was told of the transfer in December last year and a review had now established that British officials knew about it five years ago. "It has also shown that brief references to this case were included in lengthy papers that went to the then Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary in April 2006," he added. "It is clear that the context provided did not highlight its significance at that point to the ministers concerned." Mr Hutton later said he had no evidence that the two men had been mistreated and the Ministry of Defence believes this is an isolated case and systems have been put in place to ensure it is not repeated. Last year, Foreign Secretary David Miliband was forced to admit that two so-called "torture flights" were allowed to use British sovereign territory. Two flights in 2002 refuelled at a joint British-American airbase called Camp Justice at Diego Garcia, off the coast of Sri Lanka. Neither of the two detainees being transported were British or British residents. Both were being taken to the Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba. And Tony Blair also insisted that he did not believe that America had since 9/11 rendered an individual through Britain.