Thursday, December 08, 2005

Lords rule: no torture evidence in our courts

A resounding ruling from the House of Lords appellate committee, which has banned the government from using evidence obtained from sources such as the US, Egypt and Afghanistan where torture has been used:
Lord Carswell: ... The duty not to countenance the use of torture by admission of evidence in judicial proceedings must be regarded as paramount and to allow its admission would shock the conscience, abuse or degrade the proceedings and involve the state in moral defilement.
How shameful that a government filled with lawyers, including the Prime Minister, who is also married to a leading human rights lawyer, needs any reminding of this.

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