11th May - Law News

2329th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus: The British prime minister has apologised to a man who was illegally kidnapped by British spies and sent to be tortured by Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan security services. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj was suspected of having links to al-Qaeda in the early 2000s and was a victim of rendition as part of the US "war on terror", which was backed by the UK. His lawyers had to fight for years before the British authorities finally accepted his story.

Focus of the Day Story: A judge has described an unrepresented defendant cross-examining witnesses 'almost like committing the offence all over again' in a leaked internal Ministry of Justice report. The 36-page report, Unrepresented Defendants: Perceived effects on the Crown court in England and indicative volumes in magistrates' courts, was obtained by media outlet BuzzFeed and published this week - after BuzzFeed was given a six-page summary report by the ministry under Freedom of Information (FoI) laws. BuzzFeed said today that it is one of three parties that have reported the ministry to the Information Commissioner. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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