MI5 under scrutiny
The British Security Service MI5 is being accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by offering a man inducements to drop his allegation that its officers colluded in his torture. Rangzieb Ahmed had three of his fingernails ripped out after MI5 and Manchester police officers drew up a list of questions for officers from a notorious Pakistani intelligence agency who had detained him in Pakistan. He was later deported to Britain and jailed. Ahmed says an MI5 officer visited him in prison and offered a sentence reduction or money to withdraw his torture complaints at his appeal later this year. His lawyers have written to the Crown Prosecution Service saying this amounted to an attempt to pervert the course of justice.