UK court rules bars secret evidence in Gitmo suit
London: A British court says the government
will not be allowed to keep evidence secret from former
Guantanamo prisoners who are suing the UK over its alleged
complicity in their detention.
The seven former inmates allege that Britain was
complicit in their alleged abuse in the US military prison
camp on the southeastern tip of Cuba, as well as elsewhere,
and are seeking damages from the government.
Their civil suit has yet to come to trial, but the
government won a preliminary victory last year by securing the
right to keep selected pieces of information secret.
Lawyers for the men said today that a three-judge panel
overturned that ruling because secret evidence violated the
principle of open justice.
The government has not yet indicated whether it will
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