A US court has ruled that it will not support government claims that an individual is an “enemy combatant” if there is insufficient evidence. Such a case is reported in today’s “Washington Post” (1/7/2008). According to the report the decision could have far reaching implications for other cases.
Last week Moazzam Begg, who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, spoke at a conference held at Aston University. This discussed what had happened a year after Blair had packed his bags and vacated Downing Street. Speakers included Salma James, widow of the distinguished writer and historian CLR James.
Begg’s view was that the 42 day detention period without trial was the most significant decision of our time. It is precisely this sort of legislation that allowed him to be kidnapped, incarcerated and tortured without trial.