Archive for the 'terrorism' Category

#WithoutPrejudice 5: Bin Laden assassination – Ian Tomlinson G20 – The Bribery Act – Access to practice in The City – Charon QC

#WithoutPrejudice 5: Bin Laden assassination – Ian Tomlinson G20 – The Bribery Act – Access to practice in The City

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Charon QC, 6th May 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police beat and kicked Muslim terror suspect during arrest, court hears – The Guardian

“A British Muslim man accused of raising funds for terrorist organisations was subjected to a ‘sustained and very violent assault’ during his arrest by four specialist officers from the Metropolitan police, a court has heard.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

British courts regain power to deport terrorist suspects – Daily Telegraph

“British courts yesterday won back the power to deport terrorist suspects, criminals and failed asylum seekers after European judges were told to stop interfering.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Extra terror detention move backed – The Independent

“The need for powers to hold terror suspects for more than 14 days in the future cannot be ruled out, the country’s top prosecutor said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina (Maftah and another) v Secretary of State for the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Affairs – WLR Daily

Regina (Maftah and another) v Secretary of State for the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Affairs [2011] EWCA Civ 350;  [2011] WLR (D)  135

“The determination of a claim for judicial review challenging decisions whereby the claimants were placed, as persons believed to be associated with terrorism, on a list the effect of which was that their assets were frozen and release of any funds was placed in the discretion of the state, would not involve the determination of the claimants’ ‘civil rights’ for the purposes of article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998.”

WLR Daily, 13th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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

Terror suspect order overturned – The Independent

“The Home Secretary must revoke a control order imposed on a terror suspect, the Court of Appeal ruled today.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MoD lobbied secretly to cut legal aid for cases against its treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Defence lobbied behind closed doors to restrict the provision of legal aid to claimants questioning the treatment of military detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, the high court has heard.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bomb plotter wins parole challenge – The Independent

“A man jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner won a High Court challenge today against Government refusals to allow his early release.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

7/7 inquests: Date announced for coroner’s verdicts – BBC News

“The inquest verdicts on the 7/7 London bombings are due to be announced on Friday 6 May by the coroner, Lady Justice Hallett.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jihadist who took BA job to plot terror attack from inside jailed for 30 years – The Guardian

“A disciple of an extremist Islamist cleric, who got a job at British Airways to plot terrorist attacks, has been jailed for 30 years.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Two new control orders imposed in past three months, Theresa May announces – The Guardian

“Two new control orders have been imposed on suspected terrorists by the home secretary, Theresa May, in the past three months despite an intense coalition debate over whether they should be scrapped, the Home Office has disclosed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th March 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.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS statement following the conviction of Terence Brown – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the conviction of Terence Brown, Moira Macmillan, CPS Counter Terrorism Division lawyer said: ‘Terence Brown made money from producing and selling CD-Roms which contained details of step-by-step instructions that could be used by anyone planning or committing a terrorist attack.’ ”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 9th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Portsmouth man guilty of publishing ‘terror handbook’ – BBC News

“A man has been found guilty of publishing a ‘terrorist handbook’ that explained how to make bombs.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

7/7 coroner criticises use of ‘jargon’ by emergency service chiefs – The Guardian

“Lady Justice Hallett says ‘management speak’ used by emergency services chiefs might not be understood.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs back control orders extension – BBC News

“Eight suspected terrorists will remain on control orders while the government introduces their replacement.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Airline worker found guilty of terrorism offences – Crown Prosecution Service

“Rajib Karim, a software engineer for British Airways (BA), was found guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court of involvement in preparing a ‘chilling plan’ to blow up a passenger plane.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 28th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Terrorist propaganda student Mohammed Gul jailed – BBC News

“A law student who posted Islamic terrorist propaganda on the internet after becoming radicalised has been jailed for five years.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law student convicted over terror videos – The Independent

“A law student who posted Islamic terrorist propaganda on the internet was facing jail today (24 February).”

Full story

The Independent, 24th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Stop and search numbers fall after change to counterterrorism powers – The Guardian

“The number of stops and searches by police under controversial counterterrorism laws has fallen sharply since the government curtailed the scope of the powers.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th 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.”

Full story

The Independent, 17th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Amnesty condemns Guantanamo UK Shaker Aamer case – BBC News

“The continued holding of the last British resident at Guantanamo Bay is making a ‘mockery of justice’, human rights campaigners have said.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Scrap worst aspects of control orders now, says former DPP Lord Macdonald – The Guardian

“The most draconian aspects of the current control order regime – the lengthy curfews and forced relocation of terror suspects – should be axed now and not extended for a further nine months, the government’s official overseer of its counter-terrorism review has said.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK ‘made safe haven’ by human rights rulings – The Independent

“Human rights rulings make the UK a ‘safe haven’ for suspected foreign terrorists, the independent reviewer of anti-terror laws said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Control orders replacement does much the same job, says Lord Carlile – The Guardian

“The proposed replacement for control orders ‘shares several characteristics’ with the existing regime and should provide the same level of public protection, Lord Carlile, the government’s official reviewer of counter-terror laws, has said.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Counter-terrorism and security powers review – The Guardian

“Read the full report from Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC that found the continued use of electronic tags and overnight curfews for terror suspects on control orders was ‘disproportionate, unnecessary and objectionable'”

Full report

The Guardian, 28th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Changes to counter terrorism powers recommended – Home Office

“New measures to restore civil liberties while continuing to protect the public from terrorism have today been outlined by Theresa May.”

Full press release

Home Office, 26th January 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

British terror suspects banned from returning to UK – The Guardian

“Lawyers condemn increased use of deprivation of citizenship orders, as eight people are served notices while out of the country.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Control orders: home secretary tables watered-down regime – The Guardian

“The control order regime is to become a watered-down but permanent part of the British justice system later this year under the reform of counter-terrorism laws detailed today (26 January) by the home secretary, Theresa May.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Counter terrorism review set to be published – BBC News

“The government is set to publish its long-awaited proposed reforms to counter terrorism powers.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ex-Guantánamo inmates take on MI5 and MI6 over courtoom secrecy – The Guardian

“An attempt by MI5 and MI6 to extend courtroom secrecy has led to a legal battle at the supreme court, with lawyers representing former Guantánamo inmates and the media denouncing the proposal as ‘unconstitutional and excessive’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Terror suspect Abid Naseer US extradition approved – BBC News

“A judge in London has approved the extradition to the US of an alleged al-Qaeda operative accused of planning attacks in the UK and America.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government forced to make statement on detention of terror suspects – The Guardian

“Minister confirms government will not extend power to detain terror suspects for up to 28 days without charge when it lapses on Monday after urgent question by Ed Balls.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Theresa May allows 28-day limit on detaining terror suspects without charge to lapse – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, faces fresh embarrassment over the much-delayed review of counter-terrorism powers after the Home Office confirmed that the police power to detain terror suspects for up to 28 days without charge will lapse on midnight on Monday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Control orders deal will see end to house arrest – The Guardian

“A tripartite meeting between David Cameron, Nick Clegg and the home secretary, Theresa May, appears to have agreed a replacement regime for control orders that will see an end to house arrest and a greater assumption that suspects will be prosecuted.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Nick Clegg: coalition will replace control order regime – The Guardian

“Nick Clegg today signalled the introduction of a significantly reformed control order regime in which virtual house arrest will be abolished, but some form of restrictions will be allowed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Strict surveillance to replace current system – The Independent

“The house arrest of terror suspects will be scrapped and replaced with more rigorous surveillance in an overhaul of the control order system, starting next week. Home curfews, restraints on travel within Britain and limitations on contact with other people would be abandoned. Curbs on access to mobile phones and computers would be eased.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Britain’s anti-terror control orders condemned as ‘trademark of despots’ – The Guardian

“A powerful coalition of human rights groups has intensified pressure on the government to abandon its use of control orders, as ministers continue to wrangle over whether to scrap the controversial counter-terrorism measure.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DD (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

DD (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 1407; [2010] WLR (D) 330

“Section 54 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, on the construction of art 1F(c) of the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) (Cmd 9171), confirmed by statute that acts of individuals might be acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations, which ‘included’ acts instigating terrorism and could include acts directed against UN mandated forces.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 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.

Home Office will not appeal 7/7 evidence decision – Home Office

“Court decision against closed hearings for parts of the London bombings inquest will not be challenged.”

Full press release

Home Office, 10th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

UK ‘complicit in al-Qaeda man’s torture’ – BBC News

“A man convicted of serious terrorism offences in the UK has launched an appeal, telling judges the UK was complicit in his torture abroad.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government ready to cut terror detention limit – Daily Telegraph

“The Coalition government is preparing to cut the limit for terrorism suspects to be held before charge to 14 days — against the advice of senior lawyers — it can be disclosed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Terrorist jailed in 1986 contests minister’s refusal to release him – The Guardian

“A man jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner flying out of Heathrow today challenged the government’s refusal to accept a parole board recommendation to release him.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th 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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.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

Will control orders survive the anti-terrorism review? – The Guardian

“The debate over whether control orders will survive the anti-terrorism review has been rumbling on for the past weeks, with a surprising amount of internal discussions being aired in public.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th 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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abu Hamza wins British passport appeal over ‘stateless’ argument – The Guardian

“Abu Hamza, the controversial Islamist cleric, has won an appeal against the government’s attempts to strip him of his British passport, a special tribunal ruled today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Theresa May pledges ‘significant’ reform of counter-terrorism laws – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, has promised there will be ‘significant changes’ in counter-terrorism laws, and detailed the changing nature of the al-Qaida threat to Britain.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd 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.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Terrorism Act: No terror arrests made after 100,000 stop-and-searches – Daily Telegraph

“Out of more than 100,000 people stopped and searched by police using controversial anti-terror powers not one single arrest was made for terrorism-related offences, new figures show.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Victim payouts to be reviewed after 7/7 London bombs – BBC News

“The government’s scheme compensating victims of crime is to be changed as a result of the 7 July London bombs, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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