Shami Chakrabarti
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Secret court hearings would mean 'no justice'

Nick Clegg has signalled opposition to parts of the government's plans for secret trials in some civil cases involving national security.

The deputy prime minister has written to the National Security Council saying that judges - not ministers - should decide what should be kept private.

His move coincides with a report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights which strongly criticised the plans.

The director of human rights group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, says the proposal would mark the end "of a fair trial tradition that has been admired all over the world for centuries".

  • 04 Apr 2012
  • From the section UK
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