A WIRRAL man who alleges he was tortured in a Saudi Arabian jail is campaigning for a change in English law to ensure courts discard evidence obtained by torture.
Les Walker, 59, was one of six Britons who said they were tortured in Saudi jails on false charges relating to bombings in the capital Riyadh.
He will travel to London today with torture victim Bill Sampson, from Glasgow, as part of the Amnesty International campaign to convince the Government not to accept such evidence.
It coincides with a debate on the issue in the House of Lords.
Mr Walker, from Neston, said: "I don't think any court should accept evidence given by people who have been tortured because the information they give is not safe.
"I have been through torture and I have, as a consequence, admitted to bombings I had no part in. I did that because of the torture.
" I think I would have admitted to being Father Christmas had they wanted me to.
"It is totally wrong to accept anything said in those circumstances.
"By accepting it, the British government are allowing unsafe evidence. It is going back to the days of the Spanish Inquisition."
Mr Walker was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in Riyadh following a series of bomb attacks on Westerners in 2000, which the Saudi authorities said was part of a turf war between rival illegal alcohol runners.
The men have always denied any involvement and are campaigning for the Saudi Arabian government to apologise, quash the bombing conviction and award damages.
But the Saudi government has denied they were tortured into confessing to the bombings, which killed Briton Christopher Rodway and an American working in the country
The men were freed after King Fahd pardoned them in August 2003 and have since been locked in legal battles.
Les Walker languished in jail for two years and claims he was brutally beaten and mentally abused during this time.
The Foreign Office paid to send him to the Parker Institute in Copenhagen, the world leader in the diagnosis and treatment of torture, for psychological and physical tests.
They found major tissue damage in his feet, which could only have been caused by some form of brutality.
Father-of-two Mr Walker has since won the right to sue Saudi officials in British courts.
The Saudi government has refused to pay the £100,000 costs and will take the case to the House of Lords on the grounds that its officials are protected by immunity.