Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Monetary Payments to Former GitMo Prisoners

Former Guantánamo detainees set for payouts after winning secrecy appeal

4 May 2010 Out-of-court settlements likely after judges say government not to use secret evidence in men's torture cases, Guardian told

British residents held at Guantánamo Bay could be offered millions of pounds in compensation for wrongful imprisonment and abuse after the court of appeal today dismissed an attempt by MI5 and MI6 to suppress evidence of alleged complicity in torture.

The judges ruled that the unprecedented legal move by Britain's security and intelligence agencies – which the attorney general and senior Whitehall officials backed – to suppress evidence in a civil trial undermined the principles of common law and open justice.

MI5 and MI6 said evidence in the case should be kept secret from everyone except the judges and "special advocates" (vetted barristers). The Guardian, the Times, the BBC, and the civil rights groups Justice and Liberty intervened, arguing that at stake was the right to a fair and open trial, the right to freedom of expression and the public's right to know what agents of the state are or have been doing on its behalf. Report Continues

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