Ken Clarke: Compensation payments fund terrorist groups
Compensation paid to terror suspects by the British government has ended up in
the hands of terrorist groups, Kenneth Clarke has said.
The minister told a Parliamentary committee that it would be “naïve” to think that money given to people who claim to have been mistreated by British security forces has not helped fund extremist causes.
Mr Clarke was explaining Government plans to change the law to allow some terrorist cases to be held in secret. Mr Clarke told the Joint Committee on Human Rights the government’s changes are needed to allow judges to hear sensitive the evidence against some of the suspects who allege mistreatment by the State.
MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, has been successfully sued for damages by several people it considers to be terrorists, but who have never been convicted.