Prime Minister Gordon Brown says police could launch criminal investigations into allegations that British spies colluded in the torture of terrorism suspects.
Brown told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Wednesday that the country's chief legal adviser will refer cases to police if she believes officials need to account for their actions.
Attorney General Patricia Scotland is reviewing allegations made by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. Mohamed claims he was tortured in Pakistan and Morocco. He alleges that British intelligence staff were aware of his treatment but didn't intervene.
Brown says police will consider criminal prosecutions against intelligence officers found to have broken laws.