UK Liberty

Proud to be British?

Posted in Uncategorized by ukliberty on February 15, 2008

The Times:

As Mr [Lotfi] Raissi pored over the Court of Appeal’s densely worded judgment, the lengths to which the authorities had bent the rules to detain him in the febrile days after September 11 became clear.

Three of Britain’s most senior judges condemned the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for abusing the court process, presenting false allegations and not disclosing evidence.

The judges also ordered the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice to reconsider the repeated refusal to compensate Mr Raissi for locking him in Belmarsh prison for six months and accusing him of the murders of thousands of people. Solicitors for Mr Raissi, 33, are expected to lodge a claim for compensation which — taking into account his loss of a career as an airline pilot, wrongful imprisonment and damage to his health — is expected to exceed £2 million.

In a scathing passage of criticism, at the heart of their ruling, the judges said that the extradition proceedings had been abused as a means of keeping Mr Raissi in custody while inquiries were pursued in the US.

The judges said: “We consider that the way in which extradition proceedings were conducted in this country, with opposition to bail based on allegations which appear unfounded in evidence, amounted to an abuse of process.

An extraordinary case from the beginning, as the judgement says. Very much worth a read.  This particular judgement is about whether Raissi is entitled to apply for compensation after being detained for months on trumped up charges, but provides background to the whole shabby case.

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  1. […] lock up people for no reason – they probably do think they have a good reason, as in the case of Lofti Raissi or when police arrested some Pakistanis at Gatwick airport. But – as indeed in the case of Raissi – […]

  2. […] Hmm, let’s see: allegations of destruction and fabrication of evidence by either the police, CPS, or US authorities, and an abuse of the process of extradition proceedings, led to the incarceration for over four months of a man innocent of unsubstantiated allegations relating to terrorism. How would juries have performed in such emotive trials? […]


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