A victory for liberty
Two men suspected of terrorist-related activities have won a landmark High Court battle against government use of secret evidence to deny them bail.
Two judges ruled that a person cannot be denied bail solely on the basis of secret evidence.
Human rights solicitors have described the judgement as a “historic” victory.
Special Immigration Appeals Commission lawyers said they would go to the Court of Appeal as the men – branded security risks – could now potentially be freed.
The ruling represents victory for a Pakistani student facing removal from the UK, who had been refused bail on the basis of secret evidence, and an Algerian national – known as U – whose bail was revoked.
The 23-year-old Pakistani student, referred to as Xc, was one of 10 arrested in April 2009 in north west England.
He was later released by police, but immediately re-arrested and held pending deportation to Pakistan as a “threat to national security”.