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Indefinite detention: not very British


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Just a quick one to flag up a guest post I’ve written for the 1 Crown Office Row UK Human Rights Blog. It covers Abu Qatada, indefinite detention and the irrelevance of the Human Rights Act to the decision that he must be released.

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2 Responses

  1. Superb piece. It is so frustrating when politicians hide behind the smokeshield of “damned human rights law” like this.

    In any event, if he’s a “terrorist”, why don’t we put him on trial? That’s the key bit I can’t understand, and I can’t understand why more people aren’t asking that question.

    1. We can’t put him on trial because putting the evidence into open court (as opposed to the closed court at SIAC) would damage national security and/ or put the source at risk.

      Some evidence may also not reach the high threshold of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.

      There are a few other reasons as well which are probably too complicated to explain in a little post here.