Nov 072013
 November 7, 2013  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Cassandra Vinograd of Associated Press reports:

Lawyers for the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald are challenging the lawfulness of his detention at London’s Heathrow Airport, arguing Wednesday in Britain’s High Court that the police’s use of counterterrorism powers violated their client’s fundamental rights.

Read more on AP. The Guardian provides more coverage on the issue of using anti-terrorism laws to obtain journalistic material.

In a separate case that addresses whether detainees can be denied access to their lawyers during questioning under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000, the High Court ruled that the individual is entitled to consult a solicitor in person at any time:

The decision, in Elosta and Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and the Law Society v Secretary of State for the Home Department[2013: EWHC 3397] clarifies the scope of schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act and follows a Law Society intervention in a judicial review against the Metropolitan Police.

In David Miranda’s case, which was not before this court, he had claimed he had been denied the right to have his attorney present during his almost 9-hour detention and questioning, an allegation the government denied.

Read more about the Elosta ruling on The Law Society Gazette.

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