Justice and Security Bill case studies

What kind of cases would the bill help hide?

We believe future cases like those that
might be taken by the survivors of a Porton Down style disaster, or injured
soldiers challenging the Ministry of Defence, or anyone taking action against
the Metropolitan Police could all see the defence of ‘national security’ used
to prevent any embarrassing details coming to light.

 

The Government has also previously been
involved in cases brought by people who alleged their involvement in torture
and extraordinary rendition.

 

In December 2012, the Government settled
the case of Mr Sami Al-Saadi, a Libyan dissident who claimed they had been involved
in his family’s rendition from Hong Kong to Libya where he was subsequently
tortured at the hands of Gaddafi’s regime. The Government settled out of court
for £2.2million, meaning full details of their involvement will never be known.
Mr Al-Saadi said he started the litigation to get the truth, but because of the
secret courts bill he realised that he may never get transparent accountability
and so decided it would not be best for his family to proceed.

 

In 2010, the case of Binyam Mohammed, an
ex-Guantanamo detainee facing terrorism charges in the US, saw the UK Government fight
hard in the courts to try and keep incriminating paragraphs about their
knowledge of his torture a secret. The court overruled and the paragraphs were
published showing the Government had been complicit in his torture while in US
custody.