“[An] independent Inquiry, led by a judge, will be held. It will look at whether Britain was implicated in the improper treatment of detainees, held by other countries, that may have occurred in the aftermath of 9/11.”
— Prime Minister David Cameron, House of Commons, 6th July 2010
Following this announcement in July 2010, the Prime Minister appointed Sir Peter Gibson as Chair, along with two other Panel Members – Dame Janet Paraskeva and Mr Peter Riddell – to lead the Detainee Inquiry. The Inquiry was a non-statutory, independent Inquiry and was intended to take evidence over a number of months, with as many hearings as possible held in public. The Panel aimed to deliver their report to the Prime Minister within one year of the Inquiry’s launch. On 06 July 2010 the Prime Minister also said that the Inquiry could not start until the on going criminal investigations were concluded.
On 18 January 2012, in his statement to the House of Commons, the Justice Secretary said that the Crown Prosecution Service’s announcement of new criminal investigations to be carried out by the Metropolitan Police, meant that the Inquiry could not carry out its mandate as envisaged and that:
“…following consultation with Sir Peter Gibson, the chair of the Inquiry, we have decided to bring the work of his Inquiry to a conclusion. We have agreed Sir Peter and the Inquiry should provide the government with a report on its preparatory work to date, highlighting particular themes or issues which might be the subject of further examination. The Government are clear that as much of this report as possible will be made public”
On 19 December 2013 that report was published.
The Inquiry has been referred to by different names including the “Gibson Inquiry” and the UK “Torture Inquiry”. Its official title is The Detainee Inquiry.
For more information about the Inquiry, please see the following sections: