Archive for the 'intelligence services' Category

7/7 inquests: MI5 anxiously awaits coroner’s verdict – The Guardian

“The coroner of the 7 July inquests, Lady Justice Hallett, will reveal today how she has responded to relatives of the victims who say MI5 could have taken steps to prevent the bombings, and the security service’s insistence that it cannot be blamed.”

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The Guardian, 6th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

7/7 inquests: MI5 rejects families’ call for 7/7 review – BBC News

“MI5 has rejected calls from the families of the 52 victims of the 7/7 bombings for a review of its working practices in light of the inquests.”

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BBC News, 11th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Narrowing the definition of torture to the point of hypocrisy – The Guardian

“The secret services, backed by a little-noticed judgment, have given the go-ahead to using torture-induced intelligence.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Terrorist who alleged torture in custody loses appeal – The Guardian

“Appeal court rejects Rangzieb Ahmed’s claim that British authorities ‘outsourced’ his torture to Pakistan.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MI5 accused of ‘gagging’ justice – The Independent

“Lawyers for families of those killed in the 7/7 bombings suggest MI5 is trying to ‘gag’  justice by restricting the verdicts of the inquest into the attacks.”

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The Independent, 17th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MI5 and MI6 secrecy move ‘threatens press freedoms’ – The Guardian

“Proposals by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy to civil trials would unfairly restrict the right of the media to act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the public, the supreme court heard today (25 January).”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Intelligence agencies go to supreme court over ruling on secret evidence – The Guardian

“MI5 and MI6 will argue in a test case before the supreme court tomorrow that in future no intelligence gathered abroad, even if initially obtained through torture, should ever be disclosed in a British court.”

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-KGB agent sues MI5 over ‘privacy breach’ – The Independent

“A former senior KGB agent is suing MI5 over invasion of his privacy, alleging his family members were victims of a campaign of harassment and unlawful surveillance.”

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The Independent, 6th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK faces legal challenge from family of Bangladeshi allegedly tortured by ‘death squad’ – the Guardian

“The British government faces a legal challenge over allegations it was complicit in the torture of Bangladeshi MP Salauddin Chowdhury, who was arrested by the country’s security forces earlier this month.”

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The Guardian, 31st December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Al-Qaida terrorist’s appeal argues that Britain was complicit in his torture – The Guardian

“A man convicted of serious terrorism offences is to launch an appeal against his conviction today on the grounds that the British government was complicit in the torture he suffered before being put on trial.”

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The Guardian, 30th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

7/7 inquest: government loses appeal over secret hearings – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, has lost her legal attempt to force the coroner for the 7 July inquests to hold some sessions in secret.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No charges for MI5 officer accused over Binyam Mohamed – BBC News

“The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its investigation into an MI5 officer accused of complicity in the mistreatment of Binyam Mohamed.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bill for settling Guantanamo Bay ‘torture’ cases could top £30m – The Independent

“Compensation payments and legal costs for 16 British citizens and residents who claim they were tortured at Guantanamo Bay could leave the Government footing a bill of up to £30m.”

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The Independent, 17th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

National Security and the Courts – Speech by The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Gross

National Security and the Courts (PDF)

Speech by The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Gross

Royal United Services Institute, 16th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Guantánamo Bay detainees to be paid compensation by UK government – The Guardian

“The government will announce today that it will pay millions of pounds in compensation to former Guantánamo Bay detainees following weeks of negotiations between lawyers for the government and the former prisoners.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Control orders: MI5 U-turn could hasten scrapping of system – The Guardian

“The scrapping of control orders for terror suspects moved a step closer last night when the security services appeared to dramatically soften their support for the controversial measures.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

July 7 inquests will not hear intelligence material in secret – Daily Telegraph

“The coroner hearing the inquests for the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings ruled today that she cannot hear top secret intelligence material in closed sessions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MI6 chief Sawers: we have nothing to do with torture and rights abuses – The Guardian

“MI6 chief Sir John Sawers says that MI6 avoids actions leading to torture – but wants courts banned from disclosing info from service or CIA.”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Blair knew of Guantanamo torture in 2002, lawyers claim – The Independent

“Tony Blair was alerted to allegations of torture involving UK nationals held in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay within months of the ‘War on Terror’ beginning, lawyers claimed yesterday.”

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The Independent, 29th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Torture guidance does not breach law, says coalition – The Guardian

“The coalition government appeared to be heading for a clash with the country’s official human rights watchdog today after insisting its newly-published guidance on torture does not breach UK or international law.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New government guidance on torture breaches law – The Guardian

“The UK’s official human rights watchdog has warned the government that its newly published guidance on torture may be unlawful and open to challenge in the courts.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New inquiry into Chinook crash which killed intelligence officers – Daily Telegraph

“An independent review is to be conducted into the crash of an RAF Chinook on the Mull of Kintyre which killed 25 senior intelligence officers and the aircraft crew, the government has announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MI6 worker jailed for trying to sell secrets – Daily Telegraph

“But Houghton, 25, will be released almost immediately because he has already served half the term while on remand. The software engineer from Hoxton, east London, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Official Secrets Act at an earlier hearing.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Spy murder case could be too sensitive for court – Daily Telegraph

“The true explanation for the murder of Gareth Williams, the MI6 codebreaker found dead in a bath, may have to be kept secret even if his killer is found and put on trial, lawyers have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Asian police recruit sacked after MI5 claimed he was a security risk – Daily Telegraph

“A British-born Asian police recruit is taking legal advice after he was sacked because MI5 said he was a security risk without explaining why.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Torture inquiry chairman is ‘compromised’ – BBC News

“The judge leading the inquiry into claims UK security services colluded in the torture of terror suspects abroad must be removed, a charity has said.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Classified documents reveal UK’s role in abuse of its own citizens – The Guardian

“The true extent of the Labour government’s involvement in the illegal abduction and torture of its own citizens after the al-Qaida attacks of September 2001 has been spelled out in stark detail with the disclosure during high court proceedings of a mass of highly classified documents.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former MI6 man Daniel Houghton admits secrecy breach – BBC News

“A former MI6 worker from London has pleaded guilty to two offences under the Official Secrets Act.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New interrogation policy faces early legal challenge – The Guardian

“The government’s interrogation guidelines for intelligence officers are facing their first legal challenge, less than a week after they were published as part of David Cameron’s attempt to signal a break with the counter-terrorism practices of the Labour administration.”

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The Guardian, 12th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

David Cameron must not compromise on torture – The Guardian

“The coalition should wait for the results of the torture inquiry before proposing legislation that bows to transatlantic pressure.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Torture inquiry will not lead to any prosecutions – The Guardian

“Sir Peter Gibson’s task in chairing the inquiry, David Cameron told MPs, will be to establish whether the British government and its intelligence agencies were involved in improper treatment of detainees held by other countries, and if so, to what extent. Gibson, a former appeal court judge, is trusted by MI5 and MI6 as the commissioner for the intelligence services, who draws up a short annual report on the work of the agencies based on evidence given to him in private.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Torture inquiry: Pressure from courts and victims forced government’s hand – The Guardian

“The scope of the torture inquiry outlined by David Cameron today (6 July) followed weeks of negotiations between Cameron and Nick Clegg; talks that were influenced by conversations not only with senior civil servants, but also with the security services, eminent judges and experts in international law.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government to compensate torture victims as official inquiry launched – The Guardian

“David Cameron today (6 July) ordered an unprecedented inquiry into evidence and allegations of British complicity in the torture and abuse of terror suspects.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Handing foreign intelligence to British courts to be made illegal – Daily Telegraph

“Handing foreign intelligence to British courts is to be made illegal, the Prime Minister has announced, as he said the government would pay compensation to end a series of embarrassing legal cases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Tortured terror suspects to get official inquiry at last – The Guardian

“David Cameron is tomorrow expected to announce the terms of a long-promised, judge-led inquiry into allegations of MI5’s complicity in the torture of terror suspects and into how British citizens and residents are to be compensated for being detained at Guantánamo Bay.”

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The Guardian, 5th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Torture’ man wins appeal right – BBC News

“A Briton who says he was tortured in Pakistan with the complicity of UK security services has won the right to appeal against his terror convictions.”

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BBC News, 30th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government urged to publish ‘terror guidelines’ – BBC News

“The government is facing growing demands to publish guidance given to UK intelligence officers interrogating terrorist suspects overseas.”

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BBC News, 29th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rangzieb Ahmed to appeal terrorism conviction – The Guardian

“Media organisations want appeal of Manchester man, who complained that MI5 was complicit in his torture in Pakistan, to be heard in open court.”

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The Guardian, 24th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

7/7 inquests to probe MI5 and police role – BBC News

“Inquests into the deaths of 52 people killed in the 7/7 bombings will examine the alleged failings of MI5 in the run-up to the attacks, a coroner has ruled.”

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BBC News, 21st May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Torture claims investigation ordered by William Hague – The Guardian

“A judge will investigate claims that British intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of terror suspects,  William Hague, the foreign secretary, said tonight.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK’s secret surveillance regime does not breach human rights, rules ECHR – OUT-LAW.com

“The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a claim that the UK’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) violates the human right to a private life. The UK’s rules and safeguards on covert surveillance are proportionate, said the court.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Pakistani students arrested in terror raids win deportation battle – Daily Telegraph

“Two men who were arrested in major counter-terrorism raids but never charged today won their appeals against deportation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Work starts to reverse ban on using intercept evidence in criminal trials – The Guardian

“The government will attempt to make intercept evidence admissible in court, the Guardian has learned, in a move likely to bring ministers into conflict with the intelligence services.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MI5 faces allegations over torture of British man in Bangladesh – The Guardian

“Security service accused of involvement in abuse of Birmingham businessman Gulam Mustafa, who was arrested in Dhaka.”

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The Guardian, 11th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others – WLR daily

Al Rawi and others v Security Service and others [2010] EWCA Civ 482; [2010] WLR (D) 111

“It was not open to a court in England and Wales, in the absence of statutory power to do so or, arguably, agreement between the parties that the case should proceed on such a basis, to order a closed material procedure in respect of the trial of an ordinary civil claim such as a claim for damages for tort or breach of statutory duty.”

WLR Daily, 5th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Former Guantánamo detainees set for payouts after winning secrecy appeal – The Guardian

“British residents held at Guantánamo Bay could be offered millions of pounds in compensation for wrongful imprisonment and abuse after the court of appeal today dismissed an attempt by MI5 and MI6 to suppress evidence of alleged complicity in torture.”

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The Guardian, 4th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government cannot use secret evidence in Guantánamo torture case, court rules – The Guardian

“Secret evidence cannot be used in a civil damages claim being brought by six former Guantánamo Bay detainees, the court of appeal ruled today.”

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The Guardian, 4th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Guantanamo damages claimants to hear evidence ruling – BBC News

“Six former Guantanamo Bay detainees are to hear if an appeal has succeeded against government use of secret evidence to fight their damages claim.”

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BBC News, 4th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MI5 files must be kept from 7/7 victims’ families, coroner told – The Guardian

“Disclosing MI5 files about the July 7 suicide bombers to the families of those killed in the London attacks would be ‘impossible’, counsel for the Security Service and the home secretary said today.”

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The Guardian, 28th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government definition of complicity in torture ‘has no basis in law’ – The Guardian

“The government’s definition of what constitutes complicity in torture has no basis in law, parliament’s joint committee on human rights warns today in a hard-hitting attack on its attitude towards the abuse of terrorism suspects.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Human rights alliance demands inquiry into UK torture role – The Guardian

“Human rights groups have joined forces with a group of British MPs to campaign for an independent inquiry into the UK’s role in torture and rendition during the so-called war on terror.”

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government refuses to publish criticism of new guidelines on overseas torture – The Guardian

“The government is locked in a serious and bitter dispute with the parliamentary body set up to monitor MI5 and MI6 over the guidelines covering the torture and abuse of detainees held abroad, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 18th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Report sheds light on role of UK ministers in overseas torture – The Guardian

“The role of ministers in sanctioning activities by security and intelligence officers abroad which could be unlawful if carried out in Britain will be highlighted in guidelines published for the first time tomorrow, according to Whitehall officials.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Human rights groups call for reform of government’s security committee – The Guardian

“There was a growing clamour tonight for the reform and even abolition of the government’s intelligence and security committee after senior appeal court judges concluded that the security services they are supposed to scrutinise on behalf of the prime minister were able to get away with ‘a dubious record’ on torture.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Interrogation practices to be questioned – The Independent

“Ministers are to face a legal challenge over the use of secret guidance given to members of the secret services when interrogating prisoners abroad. Lawyers and human-rights groups claim the unpublished codes of practice, issued in 2002 and 2004, allowed officers working for MI5 and MI6 to collude in torture. Reprieve, which represents Binyam Mohamed and several other former Guantanamo Bay detainees, is to go to court to force the Government to disclose what it describes as Britain’s ‘torture policy’.”

Full story

The Independent, 24th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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