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The Impact of 'Secret Courts' on the British Justice System

As the Justice and Security Act soon comes into effect, the Guardian provides an overview of the how and why of closed material procedures.  Read more here.

Rendition flight may have passed through Scottish airport

Inverness airport may have been used in 2008 as a stopover for a rendition flight by a private American aircraft.  More can be read here.

British forces in Afghanistan will transfer prisoners to Afghan authorities

The British military will transfer prisoners to Afghan authorities.  The transfer of prisoners by British forces to Afghan custody was suspended last December over concerns of the torture of prisoners at an Afghan prison.  More can be read here and here.

Scottish Police will investigate claims that rendition flights landed in Scotland

A study conducted by the Rendition Project has yielded new information about rendition flights passing through the UK.  More can be read here and here.

UN Committee Against Torture Calls For Re-establishment of Inquiry into Allegations of Torture of Detainees

The UN Committee Against Torture also expressed concern over the passage of the Justice and Security Act and its potential implications for fair trials and transparency.  The Committee's report of Concluding Observations can be read here.

Government may be willing to settle Belhaj case

Former Qaddafi opponent Abdul Hakim Belhaj is suing the Home Office, the Foreign Office, MI5, MI6, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, former MI6 agent Mark Allen and the Attorney General for their alleged role in his 2004 rendition.  Lawyers for the Government may apply to have the case heard in secret under the Justice and Security Act, which comes into force in July.  More can be read here and here.