Today Wandsworth Council announced it has backed down over plans to make Liberty client Maite de la Calva and her young daughter homeless. The authority had previously threatened to evict the family if Ms de la Calva’s son was convicted of a crime committed during last summer’s riots. He was jailed earlier this month but the Council has now agreed not to pursue eviction in the courts following a meeting with Liberty.
Today two high profile decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg demonstrate contrasting faith in the legal system of the United Kingdom and distrust of Middle Eastern regimes where torture and evidence gained from it are widespread.
The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that for the time being no one from the security or intelligence services will be charged over British complicity in torture. However, the CPS clearly vindicated concerns that British security agencies provided questions for Binyam Mohammed’s interrogation in Morocco between 2002 and 2004.