Debate on government policy on torture overseas

08 July 2009

David Davis, Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, introduced an adjournment debate in the Commons on Government policy on torture overseas.

Mr Davis used parliamentary privilege to cite the case of Rangzieb Ahmed who was jailed for life for being an al-Qaeda planner. Mr Ahmed has an outstanding application for leave to appeal against his sentence, which means that, under normal circumstances, his case cannot be discussed publicly.

But in instances such as this, MPs can claim legal protection under the conditions of parliamentary privilege which in effect grants certain legal immunities for Members of both Houses. This allows them to perform their duties without interference from outside the House.

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