UK House of Lords to review terror detentions Monday

On Monday, a full nine-member judicial panel of the House of Lords will consider if the UK government has the right to detain terror suspects without trial. The suspects are being detained under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act ("ATCSA"). ATCSA allows for imprisonment without trial of foreign nationals identified as posing a threat to national security.

The government contends the nine suspects in the particular proceeding before it cannot be put on trial because the evidence in their case is too secret. Amnesty International has submitted a letter to the Law Lords asking them to find the indefinite detentions unlawful under international human rights standards. The English Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, will be arguing the case for detention at the head of the government's legal team. BBC News has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has more on ATCSA.

 

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