Top UK Supreme Judge: "Guantanamo: US kangaroo courts monstrous failure of justice"

Discussion in 'Politics' started by TigerO, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. TigerO




    "Law Lord castigates US justice

    Guantanamo Bay detainees facing trial by 'kangaroo court'

    Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
    Wednesday November 26, 2003
    The Guardian

    A senior law lord last night delivered a scathing attack on the US government's and the American courts' treatment of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, branding it "a monstrous failure of justice".

    Lord Steyn, one of the most senior judges in Britain's highest court, described the military tribunal for trying the detainees as a "kangaroo court".

    The term, he said, implied "a pre-ordained arbitrary rush to judgment by an irregular tribunal which makes a mockery of justice". He asked whether the British government should not "make plain, publicly and unambiguously, our condemnation of the utter lawlessness" at Guantanamo Bay.




    "Each of the justifications which the US has employed for its Cuban camp was systematically taken apart by the law lord.

    The lecture won immediate applause from international lawyers. Moreover, it will no doubt be replayed at length in the US supreme court, which has finally declared itself ready to review the right of the president to imprison the suspects.

    The idea will not play in the White House but Americans should heed the judge's warning that the continuing denial of justice for the foreign suspects would lead to the gradual erosion of fundamental civil rights of US citizens. "


  2. msfe


    People the law forgot

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