Legal charity: It's looking worse and worse for the UK

Legal charity Reprieve has claimed it is "looking worse and worse for the UK Government on Diego Garcia", after the Foreign Office was accused of a cover-up over records that were lost due to "water damage".

Reprieve represents Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who claims he was on a rendition flight through Diego Garcia.

A beach at Diego Garcia.
The Foreign Office has been accused of a cover-up over 'water damaged' records relating to Diego Garcia. Credit: Reuters

Director Cori Crider said: "First we learn the Senate's upcoming torture report says detainees were held on the island, and now - conveniently - a pile of key documents turn up missing with 'water damage'?

"The Government might as well have said the dog ate their homework. This smacks of a cover-up. They now need to come clean about how, when, and where this evidence was lost."

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Damaged terror flight records 'have dried out'

Records for flights used to take terror suspects to a US base on a British territory in the Indian Ocean have "dried out" after apparently suffering water damage. The Foreign Office was accused of a cover-up over the records.