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Legal challenge on UK use of torture evidence

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Oct 17, IRNA
UK-Torture Evidence
Britain's top court Monday began deliberations on whether evidence from other countries can be used against terrorist suspects which may have been obtained by torture.

The case is being brought by 10 foreign Muslim nationals who were previously detained without charge and who are challenging that evidence used against them may have been obtained by torture used by the US at its internment camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Seven law lords are being asked to rule on last year's two-to-one majority verdict by the Court of Appeal that if evidence was obtained under torture by another country's agents without UK involvement, it was usable and placed no obligation to inquire about its origins.

Lawyers for the men argued that the appeal court ruling breached article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans torture or degrading treatment.

All 10 were originally detained under the terms of the Anti- terrorism Crime and Security Act rushed through Parliament after the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001.

They were eventually released when the government was forced to repeal part of the Act, which allowed only foreign nationals to be detained, after the Law Lords ruled it unlawful last December.

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