Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Re-Write Human Rights Law Book

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Re-Write Human Rights Law Book

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Byline: By Kathy Secker

I have a suspicion the conversations around the Blair breakfast table this weekend would make very interesting listening indeed.

It's no secret that Cherie Blair is famous for her expertise in the ever expanding field of human rights legislation and yet it is precisely this area of law that has resulted in two of the most embarrassing setbacks the Government has had to bear in a month of setbacks, criticisms and scandals.

In the case of the nine Afghans, who hijacked a flight from Kabul to Stansted in February 2000, it appears the then Home Secretary Jack Straw's promise to swiftly imprison and deport them so as to warn the world a hijacker's charter would never find root in Britain has failed spectacularly.

Their guilty convictions were subsequently overturned on a point of law and subsequent Home Office efforts to deport them have also been defeated in the courts.

Now they must stay until the next round of legal sparring begins. …

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