British police are investigating an allegation that the country's MI6 overseas spy agency was complicit in torture, the second inquiry launched in recent months examining the conduct of the country's spies.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who oversees MI6, said the agency had referred a case to the government's chief legal adviser Patricia Scotland, who ruled that police should carry out an inquiry.
Scotland Yard said today it will investigate "the conditions under which a non-Briton was held and the potential involvement of British personnel."
Opposition Conservative lawmaker William Hague wrote Miliband and Prime Minister Gordon Brown to ask them to consider allegations made by a parliamentary committee that both MI6 and MI5 - Britain's domestic intelligence service -may have been complicit in the torture of detainees in Pakistan, Egypt and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
But police and Britain's Foreign Office would not provide further details of the complaint being investigated, or specify where and when the alleged torture is said to have taken place.