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UK Court of Appeal Admits Evidence Obtained Through Torture

The UK Court of Appeal, the second highest court in the country, allowed the use in UK courts of evidence obtained through torture in other countries against suspects detained under anti-terrorism legislation. In a 2-1 decision delivered on 11 August, the Court ruled that British courts could use such evidence as long as British officials were not complicit in the abuse. The Court rejected the appeal of 10 men suspected of having links to international terrorism and currently held without charge. The ICJ criticised the ruling and reminded the UK that the Convention against Torture expressly forbids the use of evidence obtained by torture in any proceedings.

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