The Daily Mail has today admitted it had wrongly blamed Labour for compensation paid to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.
UK national Jamal Udeen al-Harith, earlier known as Ronald Fiddler, came into focus yesterday after it emerged he had joined ISIS and was behind a suicide attack on behalf of the terrorist organisation.
The Daily Mail and The Sun newspaper blamed the Labour party and Tony Blair for the £1m compensation paid to him after his release from Gauntanamo Bay.
But it turned out that the compensation had been agreed by Theresa May in 2010.
The headline on an early version of our story about the payment of £1million compensation to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ronald Fiddler suggested the decision to make the payment had been taken by Tony Blair’s Government. In fact the decision to pay compensation was made by the Coalition Government in 2010. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for the misunderstanding.
It wasn’t just the Coalition government, it was Theresa May’s department more specifically.
And the Mail won’t admit it directly campaigned for the release of the Guantanamo detainees too.
The Sun newspaper initially blamed Blair in its headline but changed it after Blair pointed out it was untrue.
Today the Tories are desperately refusing to comment on the matter.
What do they have to hide?