MCB Welcomes Law Lords’ Ruling Over the Use of Secret Evidence

10 Jun 2009

MCB welcomes the decision of Law Lords’ ruling over the use of secret evidence against nine alleged terror suspects and sees it as long overdue judicial intervention.

`The use of secret evidence in obtaining sanction for restriction on one’s liberty offends fundamental norms of civilized justice. However this offensive and immoral practice has been allowed to take root in our much-respected legal system on the basis that the security of the country demanded it. The highest court of our land has now ruled that this practice is unlawful and it must stop. We urge the government to accept without any reservation this powerful and well reasoned judgment of the House of Lords and ensure that the fundamental human right to fair trial is never compromised under any circumstances’, said Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

`We are fully supportive of bringing the full rigour of law to bear on those who engage or plan to engage in terror. At the same time we are strongly opposed to the use of practices and processes that have the serious potential to brutalise innocent people or restrict freedom without letting the affected people know why they are being treated in that way. Fair and independent judicial system is the hallmark of our country and this decision of the Law Lords is an apt reminder of our rich legal heritage.’

The Muslim Council of Britain has been leading the campaign of fighting terrorism within legal framework and respect for human rights.