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    UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights commented on the US Senate Committee report on CIA interrogation methods, saying that the responsible for criminal conspiracy must be prosecuted for crimes.

    UNITED NATIONS, December 9 (Sputnik) — Those responsible for the torture, detailed in the CIA secret interrogation report, published by the US Senate Committee on Tuesday, should be prosecuted for crimes, UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson said.

    "It is now time to take action. The individuals responsible for the criminal conspiracy, revealed in today’s report, must be brought to justice, and must face criminal penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes," Emmerson stated.

    The special rapporteur added that he welcomes the publication of the report and that the US administration is "to be commended for resisting domestic pressure to suppress these important findings."

    Emmerson also said that the summary of the "report, which was released this afternoon, confirms what the international community has long believed — that there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed to commit systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law.”

    The UN expert also stated that the report, as released, has much of the most significant information blacked-out or redacted, adding that “the identities of the perpetrators, and many other details, have been redacted in the published summary report, but are known to the Select Committee and to those who provided the Committee with information on the program.”

    Raising the possibility of former US officials being arrested when they travel, Emmerson concluded that “torture is a crime of universal jurisdiction. The perpetrators may be prosecuted by any other country they may travel to. However, the primary responsibility for bringing them to justice rests with the US Department of Justice and the Attorney General.”

    On Tuesday, US Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500-page summary of the detailed investigation into the CIA interrogation techniques that were used on alleged al-Qaeda agents following the 9/11 attacks.

    The full comprehensive report contains a 6,300-page description of CIA interrogation techniques used against detainees including waterboarding, threats of sexual assault, forced nudity, prolonged sleep deprivation, use of stress positions, mock executions, threats against children and family, use of power drills and many other torture practices carried out in CIA detention centers around the world.

    A full probe into the interrogation practices was commissioned by the Intelligence Committee back in 2009. The investigation, resulting in a roughly 6,300-page report, was finalized and authorized in December 2012, despite disagreements between Republicans and Democrats within the committee.

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