December 21 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Lawyers acting for partner of a journalist held for nine hours under anti-terror laws have won a limited injuction over the material confiscted from him.
Two judges ruled the government and police are barred from ‘inspecting, copying or sharing’ data seized from David Miranda, except ‘for the purpose of protecting national security’.
His legal team were granted the order at the High Court today, which will run until Friday August 30, before both sides will go back in front of a judge.
Matthew Ryder QC, appearing for Mr Miranda, told the court the legal challenge had been brought ‘to protect the confidentiality of sensitive journalistic material’.
Mr Miranda has launched an application for judicial review, arguing that his detention was a misuse of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and breached his human rights.
The Brazilian is the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who has worked with US whistleblower Edward Snowden on a series of security services exposes.
Mr Miranda was held without charge at Heathrow Airport for the maximum time permitted under the anti-terror legislation as he changed planes on a journey from Berlin to his home in Brazil on Sunday.
Today’s order was granted by Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker after hearing the Home Secretary considered it was in the interests of national security to examine the data ‘without delay’.