Thursday, 20 October 2011

Independent warning on 'secret justice' plans

Secret justice looks set to be a regular feature of British courts and tribunals when the intelligence services want to protect their sources of information, the Independent warns today.

It reports: "Civil courts, immigration panels and even coroner's inquests would go into secret session if the Government rules that hearing evidence in public could be a threat to national security.

"The proposals, which run counter to a centuries-old British tradition of open justice, were introduced to a sparsely attended House of Commons yesterday by the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke – and met almost no opposition. The planned changes to the British justice system follow lobbying of the Government by the CIA."

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