Tuesday 29th May 2012 | 13:52
Reprieve Press Notice: Justice Bill an attempt to evade accountability
Reprieve Executive Director Clare Algar:
"This Bill is a brazen attempt to prevent our government being held to account over the most serious of crimes: rendition and torture. It will ensure that people like Khadidja al-Saadi - the teenage daughter of a Gaddafi opponent who was rendered by the British Security Services back to Gaddafi's Libya - are barred from having their day in court. And it will ensure that the British public never find out about our government's role in her ordeal.
"This Bill is clearly designed to please our Security Services, but it has horrified lawyers, victims, MPs, journalists and members of the public alike. It is astonishing that we are even considering allowing our courts to be undermined and our press to be gagged in order to place our Security Services above the law. As David Cameron said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. He must stand by that belief -- or become the prime minister who placed torture and rendition beyond the reach of British justice."