The Justice and Security Bill has just gone through a second debate in the House of Commons. This bill has been introduced on the basis that at present, during trials involving the government, some material cannot be made public on “national security grounds” therefore the government is at a disadvantage to lawsuits brought against them. With this bill, the government is at no obligation to reveal such evidence and a case can be brought against an individual without he/she being aware of the details of case, limiting their ability to produce a sufficient defence or even attempt to challenge the evidence. This bill is incredibly detrimental to the human rights system of this country and if it is passed, any sense of justice in fair trials that existed previously will be lost. But unfortunately, it remains that not enough people have even heard of this bill and the dangers that it poses to us all.
Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmed were among those imprisoned without trial under the US-UK Extradition Act 2003 for six and eight years respectively, for alleged crimes committed in the UK. Whilst under arrest, Babar was subjected to torture by the Metropolitan Police. The four officers charged with the assault were acquitted, and no apology made despite the Police admitting full liability.
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Yassine Ferchichi is a Tunisian national who faced persecution in his country of origin because of his religious practice. Fearing for his life, he eventually fled Tunisia after he was tortured by the security forces in 2005.
Director of Public Prosecutions
2 Southwark Bridge
8th February 2011
Re: Crime report of my detention, rendition and torture in GTMO not allowed
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