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Hamilton backs NI-CO over Bahrain 'torture' appeal

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A call for the Stormont executive to suspend the work of a Belfast based company training security forces in Bahrain has been rejected.

NI-CO, owned by Invest NI, has worked with the police and prison services in the Gulf state. 

In a report published in September, human rights group Reprieve said those organisations were guilty of torture.I

It called on Stormont economy minister Simon Hamilton to suspend the contract.

But in a letter to the group, the minister said the executive was not in a position to suspend the company's work in Bahrain as it didn't award the contract.

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