David Davis’ revelations show why secret justice plans must be stopped

March 27, 2012

Commenting on MP David Davis’ speech to the House of Commons tonight, in which he outlined how the US and UK have attempted to suppress embarrassing information in the name of ‘national security,’ and challenged the Government over its plans set out in the Green Paper on Justice and Security, Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar said: “This demonstrates just how ready the intelligence services are to cry national security in order to cover up their own embarrassment.

“It is yet another compelling example – if one were needed – of why we cannot let the UK Government’s plans for secret justice go ahead. Our current system of open justice is working well. We must not throw away centuries of hard-won legal freedoms solely to spare the blushes of MI5 and the CIA.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell in Reprieve’s press office: +44 (0) 207 427 1082 / (0) 7791 755 415

2. For background on the Justice and Security Green Paper, please see Reprieve’s website.