Agreement reached on material seized from Guardian journalist’s partner

12:05 30 August 2013

Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

An agreement has been reached on how police can use material seized from a Guardian journalist’s partner held at Heathrow under anti-terror laws, High Court judges heard.

Two judges in London granted temporary orders last week which partially and temporarily curtailed police use of data taken from David Miranda.

The 28-year-old Brazilian is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, who has worked with US whistleblower Edward Snowden on a series of security services exposes.

Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker ruled that, pending the hearing, the material could continue to be examined, but only for national security purposes and the protection of the public.

The case was listed to be heard before Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker to determine what, if any, injunction should be in place pending a judicial review hearing, possibly in October.

But at the start of proceedings, Matthew Ryder QC, for Mr Miranda, told the judges discussions had been taking place between the parties and ‘we have managed to agree an order between us’ to continue until that hearing later in the year.

Mr Miranda, who was held at the airport for nine hours on Sunday, August 18, has launched an application for judicial review, arguing his detention was a misuse of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and breached his human rights.

He was held without charge for the maximum time permitted under the anti-terror legislation, which concerns port and border controls, as he made a stopover in London on a journey from Berlin back home to Brazil.

Mr Ryder said the agreement would allow the order made by Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker to continue pending the judicial review hearing, expected to take place in the last two weeks of October.

A lawyer representing Mr Miranda said after today’s hearing the agreed order announced today would allow police access to material seized ‘only on narrow and tightly defined grounds’.

Gwendolen Morgan, of law firm Bindmans, said outside court the Home Office and police had made ‘sweeping and vague assertions about national security’.

She said Mr Miranda does not accept them and ‘looks forward to the opportunity to have the Government’s actions and assertions fully scrutinised’ at the full hearing.

A Home Office spokesman said: “We are pleased that David Miranda’s legal team and the court have agreed with us that there is a compelling case for this highly-sensitive stolen material to be retained by the police, and that all the documents retrieved may be examined on both national security and specified criminal grounds.

“The examination of this documentation is motivated by crucial public security concerns, something clearly demonstrated by today’s consent order and the release of the witness statements.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
RAF flight sergeant Frans Bekker accidentally fractured a woman's back when he fell off of a Holborn escalator during a prank [Nick Ansell/PA Wire]

An RAF flight sergeant broke a stranger’s back whilst performing a dare in Holborn Tube station, a court heard.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Mahad Abdi Abshir collapsed in Castlehaven Road

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 28-year-old man collapsed in the street in Camden and died in hospital two days later.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Robert Lashley had already been sent to prison for an earlier rape, and police fear he may have attacked many more women [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

A sick sexual predator who followed an elderly woman back to her flat and raped her may have attacked other women, police fear.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury

Anonymous leaflet urges Tory supporters to vote for Lib Dems to prevent Labour retaining their seat in the south of the borough.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Ola Raji died from a single gunshot wound [Photo by Metropolitan Police]

The occupants of a black BMW who were parked near the murder scene of 21-year-old Ola Raji in Peckham two weeks ago are being sought by police who think they may hold vital information about the killing.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A group of football fans on a train from Euston to Stoke are wanted by police after they shouted abuse at fellow travellers - including a young boy in a wheelchair.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Limited edition Opihr Gin goodies up for grabs!

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a unique style of London Dry Gin created at G&J one of the world’s oldest gin distillers, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices.

Read more