Court of Appeal Issues Secret Rulings on Deportation and Torture Case 1


From Amnesty International

On 30 July 2007 the Court of Appeal of England and Wales gave judgment in an important test case concerning the appeals of three Algerian men against their deportation to Algeria on “national security” grounds. The judgment is in two parts: an open judgment, and a closed, i.e. secret, judgment not disclosed to the appellants, their lawyers of choice or the public.

In each of the three cases the Court of Appeal ruled that the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) should reconsider them. In two of the three, the Court of Appeal reached this conclusion on grounds that are secret. Amnesty International considers that it is doubly disturbing that these two men not only were not told the UK authorities’ case against them, but will not now be told the grounds on which the SIAC is to reconsider that very case. The principle that justice should not only be done but be seen to be done seems to have been turned on its head.

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One thought on “Court of Appeal Issues Secret Rulings on Deportation and Torture Case

  • godzilla

    > Amnesty International considers that it > is doubly disturbing that these two men

    > not only were not told the UK

    > authorities' case against them, but will

    > not now be told the grounds on which the

    > SIAC is to reconsider that very case.

    This is getting completely out of control. I'm really surprise it doesn't get more mainstream press coverage.

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