Is secret justice really justice?

BBC

02/05/08

MPs and human rights campaigners have warned that the government is proposing to remove juries from some inquests and keep key evidence secret. …. When the Counter Terrorism Bill was unveiled in Parliament last month the focus naturally fell on the government’s plans to hold suspects for 42 days. Few noticed a clause in the bill which would allow the home secretary to create special inquests, without juries, for “reasons of national security” or “otherwise in the public interest”...

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Is something bugging you?

Independent [UK]
by staff

02/05/08

A much-needed public debate about covert surveillance has begun, thanks to the allegation that counter-terrorism police officers secretly recorded discussions between the Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, and a constituent, Babar Ahmad. Mr Khan was visiting Mr Ahmad in Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, where his constituent is awaiting extradition to the US on charges of supporting terrorism. If their conversation was recorded, this was a breach of the so-called “Wilson Doctrine” which forbids the secret surveillance of MPs without explicit ministerial approval. So was it a cock-up or a conspiracy?

//www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-is-something-bugging-you-778040.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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