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[ 23 Apr 2012 | Comments Off ]
The Saajid Badat case: inching towards the US

By Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
On 29 February 2005, Saajid Badat pleaded guilty to a terrorist conspiracy to destroy, damage or endanger the safety of an aircraft. Badat admitted that in 2001 he had conspired with “the shoe bomber” Richard Reid and a Tunisian, Nizar Trabelsi, in a plot simultaneously to act as suicide bombers in order to blow up two airliners bound for the US. For two months following his plea, Badat assisted UK investigators; however, he held back on a good deal of information.
On 21 April 2005, Mr Justice …

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[ 23 Apr 2012 | Comments Off ]
Abu Qatada: a round-up of events

By Stephen Hockman
Last week was a pretty eventful one for politics and politicians, especially on the human rights front. A brief stock take might be as follows:

Although it seems to be common ground that Abu Qatada represents a threat to the UK and deserves to be deported, he has not been convicted or even charged with an offence here. One might surmise that if and when the obstacles to the deployment of intercept evidence are finally overcome, this kind of anomaly will less frequently arise.
Given that the European Court of …

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[ 18 Apr 2012 | One Comment ]
Breivik – insanity as a defence

By Simon Hetherington
Anders Behring Breivik knew what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong. Claiming insanity is not enough to protect a person from the consequences of his own evil acts.
Alternatively, he must be mad. His killing spree was so shocking and so utterly at odds with normality as to be sufficient evidence of insanity in its own right. Res ipsa loquitur.
And there you have it – the whole point of the argument about “criminal insanity”, which has been running for centuries.
In most jurisdictions where a plea of …

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[ 19 Jul 2011 | One Comment ]
Terrorism law – a balancing act

By Simon Hetherington
The see-saw on which are perched at opposite ends the interests of security and those of individual liberty has tilted a little in favour of the former.
There are problems, it appears, concerning the emergency extension of custody limits of suspects in terrorism investigations. The scenario is that periods might be increased from 14 days to up to 28, (though not, so far at least, to the controversial figure of 42).
A couple of months ago the Home Secretary warned Parliament that it would have to consider the problem of …

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[ 6 Jan 2011 | Comments Off ]
Anti-terror control orders: the coalition remain divided

By James Baxter
In a political tug of war that may come to define the level of Liberal Democrat influence within the coalition government, the ultra-sensitive issue of control orders threatens to dominate parliamentary discussion at the beginning of 2011 in the same way that the equally divisive student fees debate ended 2010.
While a review of control orders – the highly restrictive conditions that allow the government to place terror suspects under virtual house arrest despite charges not being made or evidence presented– has been underway since July (under the auspices …