We're still a long way from uncovering the full truth about the involvement of the UK and other European countries in US-led extraordinary rendition, secret prisons and torture during the ‘war on terror’.
It was one of the best early decisions of the Coalition to set up the judicial inquiry under Sir Peter Gibson. The inquiry's termination was forced by the need for criminal investigations into new allegations of renditions to Libya, including of Abdel Hakim Belhaj.
These apparently happened on the watch of Labour ministers like Jack Straw and Geoff Hoon. Alleged documentary evidence of our spooks' collusion with Gaddafi were discovered in the ruins of Tripoli, in a script worthy of TV if not so shameful. The fact that Mr Belhaj is now in charge of the Libyan military adds a further twist to this sorry affair.
Liberal Democrats must not lose sight of this issue, and once the Met and CPS conclude their work we must press for the inquiry's reinstatement. Labour's apparent tolerance - or even endorsement - of M15's shabby dealings with the CIA and appalling dictatorships must not be swept under the carpet.
Nor can the rest of the dozen European states implicated by the Council of Europe and MEP enquiries of 2006/7 let the ball drop. No other country has set up a judicial inquiry, and those by parliamentarians have fizzled out, either through lack of political will or blocked by 'state secrecy'.
Polish prosecutors are said to have recently charged a former intelligence chief, but it seems hush-hush.
But CIA flight plans, passenger counts and detainee recollections all raise credible indications of airport rendition use and secret prisons. As co-rapporteur of a new European Parliament report assessing progress five years on, I am once more pressing for sunlight instead of cover-up; last week we heard by video from Mr Belhaj.
The objective is that the EU not only cleans house but develops safeguards for counter-terrorism programmes to respect human rights. If the West - including possibly the UK - had not 'outsourced' torture to Jordan, Theresa May might have less difficulty deporting Abu Qatada there now.
This article was published in 'Liberal Democrat News' on Friday 20th April 2012