UK scraps inquiry into torture of terror suspects

UK scraps inquiry into torture of terror suspects London: Britain's Justice Secretary says a government commissioned inquiry into the mistreatment of terrorism suspects has been cancelled amid a new police investigation.

Ken Clarke told the House of Commons today the long delayed national inquiry, intended to scrutinise possible abuses during the so-called "war on terror" would not take place.

It follows the decision last week for police to investigate claims Britain played a role in the alleged torture and rendition of two Libyan men, including Tripoli's military council commander Abdel-Hakim Belhaj.

Judge Peter Gibson's inquiry had already been delayed since 2010 by a police inquiry into the actions of two British intelligence officers at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, and in Afghanistan.