26 May, 2013

The aftermath of the Iraq War - the story continues ....


On 23rd November 2011 the Law and Lawyers blog looked at The unfolding aftermath of the Iraq War and considered the decision of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in R (Ali Zaki Mousa) v Secretary of State for Defence [2011] EWCA Civ 1334 where the court (Maurice Kay, Sullivan and Pitchford LJJ) held that an investigatory process into allegations of ill-treatment committed by British armed forces personnel did not meet the requirements of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights as interpreted and applied by the European Court of Human Rights.  The investigatory process had been set up by the Secretary of State for Defence and involved an Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) reporting to the Iraq Historic Allegations Panel (IHAP).

The Administrative Court has now handed down judgment in R (Ali Zaka Mousa) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 1412 (Admin) - Sir John Thomas President of the Queen's Bench Division and Silber J.  It is a

23 May, 2013

Extraordinary Rendition - new material

Strasbourg, 07.06.2006 – Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Dick Marty today revealed what he called a global “spider’s web” of CIA detentions and transfers and listed seven Council of Europe member states who could be held responsible, in varying degrees, for violations of the rights of named individuals by colluding in these operations.

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Writing in The Guardian 22nd May 2013, Ian Cobain and James Ball draw attention to new research showing that UK support for the CIA's global rendition programme after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US was far more substantial than has previously been recognised - see UK provided more support for CIA rendition than thought - study.

Evidence gathered by The Rendition Project – an interactive website that maps thousands of rendition flights – highlights 1,622 flights in and out of the UK by aircraft now known to have been involved in the agency's secret kidnap and detention programme.

The CIA's use of UK airports was first reported by the Guardian in September 2005.   Jack Straw,  then foreign secretary,