November 13, 2012
I spoke to Charon QC earlier today, for the seventh report of his Law Tour. Unsurprisingly we spoke about Abu Qatada, the big legal story of the week and something that’s been on my mind since his […]
May 9, 2012
A panel of five judges meets at the European Court of Human Rights today to decide whether or not to grant Abu Qatada’s request that his case be referred to the Grand Chamber of the Court.
You’ll remember that following the […]
April 23, 2012
On BBC Radio 4’s Today this morning the Prime Minister was asked about the mix up over Abu Qatada’s arrest, appeal and time limits.
You can listen to the exchange here.
The key extracts from the interview seem to me as […]
April 19, 2012
Having listened to Theresa May’s statement today, and followed reporting about the issue of the time-limit, I thought it might help if I set out my reaction to some of the things people have been saying about it, on […]
February 24, 2010
I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to comment on the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R(Mohamed) v Foreign Secretary. People usually claim to hate saying they told you so. I love saying it if I’m honest, but only […]
January 13, 2010
In case you’re interested, here’s the order, made under section 3(6) of the Terrorism Act 2000, by means of which Alan Johnson has banned “Islam4UK” under several alternative names. The Order was made on Monday, which suggests it was […]
October 23, 2009
Following on from my Charon podcast yesterday, I thought it might help to put my thoughts in writing about last Friday’s judgment. It might be farcical, except that it relates to the cruel treatment and possibly torture of a prisoner. […]
October 22, 2009
I spoke to Charon QC this afternoon about last Friday’s judgment in R (Mohamed) v Foreign Secretary, in which the Administrative Court ruled that it should make public in its original judgment 7 paragraphs, consisting of 25 […]
October 1, 2009
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom opens officially today – and with it, a new chapter in this country’s legal history. The Guardian has a leader about it today, and the opening is likely to be covered widely […]
August 20, 2009
It appears that the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is likely to announce today the release on compassionate grounds of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi. Brtitish justice ministers are obviously feeling quite compassionate this summer.