Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition

Control Orders Take Another Blow: Libyan Cartoonist Freed (Detainee DD)


The news that Ziyad Ali Hashem, a control order detainee in the UK (previously identified only as DD) has had his control order lifted elicits two particular responses from those who have been aware of his case since he was first deprived of his liberty in November 2005: firstly, relief that his ordeal is at […]

In the Guardian: Compensation for control orders is a distraction from the real issues


For the Guardian’s Comment is free, “Compensation for control orders is a distraction” is an article I wrote examining yesterday’s High Court ruling, in which a judge quashed two control orders — a form of house arrest in operation since March 2005 — and indicated that the men affected, who had been subjected to the […]

Calling Time On The Use Of Secret Evidence In The UK


On December 1, two High Court judges, Lord Justice Laws and Mr. Justice Owen, dealt what looked like the final blows to the British government’s policies of imprisoning terror suspects without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence — or otherwise depriving them of their liberty under a form of house arrest (also […]

Living With A Terror Suspect: Detainee U’s Landlord Tells His Story


The man identified in legal proceedings in the UK as Detainee U is a 46-year old Algerian, who, as two High Court judges explained on December 1, “has been continuously in custody since March 2001,” held without charge or trial, on the basis of secret evidence, “save for a period from July 2008 until February […]

In the Guardian: The end of secret evidence?


For the Guardian’s Comment is free, “The end of secret evidence?” is an article I wrote celebrating what appears to be the demise of the British government’s eight-year policy of imprisoning terror suspects — both foreign and British nationals — without charge or trial, or otherwise depriving them of their liberty under a form of […]

UK Judge Approves Use of Secret Evidence in Guantánamo Case


Those of us who have been aware that the principles of open justice in the UK are being threatened in an unprecedented manner have, to date, focused largely on the use of secret evidence in cases related to terrorism — widely ignored by the general public, and by much of the media — and on […]

Another Blow To Britain’s Crumbling Control Order Regime


According to the British government, a Kurdish Iraqi imam living in the north of England was such a threat to national security that, for the last three years and four months, he was subjected to a control order, a form of house arrest involving, but not limited to curfews, tagging, Home Office vetting of all […]

In the Guardian: Is this the end of control orders?


For the Guardian’s Comment is free, “Letting go of control orders” is an article I wrote examining whether the government’s much-criticized system of house arrest for terror suspects held without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence is on the verge of collapse after a judge quashed the control order that had kept […]

Secret evidence in the case of the North West 10 “terror suspects”


The following account of a hearing last week in SIAC (the Special Immigration Appeals Commission), regarding the bail hearings of seven Pakistani students seized in April as part of a round-up of twelve men in connection with a purported “terror plot,” was written by Maude Casey, a campaigner from Brighton, who was the only non-legal […]

UK government issues travel document to control order detainee Mahmoud Abu Rideh after horrific suicide attempt


Today, I received disturbing news from the British human rights organization Cageprisoners, which announced that, on July 18, Mahmoud Abu Rideh, the stateless Palestinian who has been imprisoned without charge or trial or held under a control order for seven and a half years, “was taken to hospital having severely self-harmed.” The press release continued, […]

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