Security hearings called "Kafkaesque" (UK)posted on August 01, 2007 | in Category International | PermaLink
Source: Reuters via Yahoo News
Date: July 30, 2007
LONDON (Reuters) - Terrorism suspects held under virtual house arrest in Britain suffer "Kafkaesque" treatment in special courts that review secret evidence against them, a committee of legislators said on Monday.
The committee's report said "no right-minded person" would think the suspects had a fair hearing when they often had no idea of the case against them.
It likened the system to the Star Chamber, a secretive and oppressive English court abolished in 1641.
"This is a process that is offensive both to the basic principles of natural justice as we know it and to British ideas of fair play," said Andrew Dinsmore, chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
The law allows suspects who cannot be prosecuted in the courts to be held under a loose form of house arrest known as a "control order". These are scrutinised in special tribunals.
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