Ten UK terror suspects appeal against deportation

[JURIST] Ten foreign nationals arrested in Britain after the July 7 suicide bombings in London are appealing their potential deportation to their home countries to Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) [official website], saying that they have no connection to the London bombings [JURIST news archive]. Human rights groups are also calling for deportation proceedings to be stopped, saying that British agreements with the detainee's home countries that they will not be tortured upon their return are insufficient guarantees of their right under the UK Human Rights Act [text] not to be deported to any country where they may be subject to persecution. BBC News has more. The detainees are also at the center of the first terror case to come before the UK's highest court since the July bombings. Next month, seven law lords will consider whether evidence extracted by torture abroad should be admissible in British courts. Last year, an appeals court ruled that the SIAC could consider evidence [JURIST report] obtained by interrogations in foreign countries, even if obtained by torture, as long as Britain did not take part in the torture and did not condone it. The upcoming case is seen as a test of whether judges will interfere with the government's anti-terror policies. The Guardian has more.



 

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