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U.K. Plans To Pay 16 Ex-Detainees .

Publication Date: 
November 17, 2010
The Wall Street Journal
Alistair MacDonald and Jess Bravin

Professor Jenny S. Martinez is quoted in a story covering the U.K. government's decision to compensate former Guantanamo Bay detainees. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The U.K. government said it will pay millions of pounds in compensation to 16 former Guantanamo Bay detainees who are suing Britain for its alleged complicity in their torture either at the base or leading up to their transfer there.

The government said it wanted to limit costly legal claims that were taking resources from the security services and to clear the decks ahead of an inquiry into whether Britain's security service was complicit in the alleged torture of detainees. The security services are also concerned that court cases will make sensitive intelligence public.


That possibility seems remote, experts said. "What Congress member is going to want to spend their political capital on passing a bill to pay money to suspected terrorists?" said Jenny Martinez, a law professor at Stanford University.