UK: Home Secretary seeks to deport Belmarsh detainees

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Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is seeking to negotiate agreements so that some Belmarsh detainees could be deported. BBC report (link) The Home Secretary told the Times newspaper that following the law lords judgement in December - which declared their detention unlawful - that he and the Foreign Secretary were seeking to get "memorandum of understandings" that people would not be subject to torture or the death penalty on their return. However, he admitted that this could only partially meet the law lords ruling. The 12 men affected by the law lords ruling are from Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan: Times (link). Law Lords judgement: Full-text of judgement (pdf)

Whether Egypt for one will agree is an open question having refused to agree to such terms last year, see: Statewatch Special Report: UK: Egyptian national “unlawfully detained” after intervention by Prime Minister (16.11.04) Target of Blair deportation intervention gets substantial compensation

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